Israeli criticism of P5+1 deal with Iran helps American diplomacy, says former Secretary of State.
Israeli leaders’ criticism of Western powers recent agreement with Iran has been good for America, former United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said, according to Maariv/nrg.
Clinton reportedly said in a closed meeting in Washington that Israel’s open concern that the plan would be ineffective has kept the pressure on Iran and its allies.
Israel’s status as a perceived ally of the United States means that its warnings of a possible military strike are taken seriously in Iran, she explained. Continue Reading »
What pearls of wisdom will we hear this time?
On his last trip to Israel, Kerry made a number of threats – including a “3rd intifada” if talks failed – & declared Israel’s presence in Judea & Samaria as “illegitimate.”
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Israel on Wednesday for the first time since world powers struck a nuclear deal with Iran that angered the Jewish state, and amid renewed efforts to broker Israeli-Palestinian Authority (PA) peace talks, reports AFP.
The two issues are expected to dominate Kerry’s meetings on Thursday with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and with PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas when Kerry travels to Ramallah. Continue Reading »
Both former American and Israeli intel chiefs agree: The P5+1 Geneva agreement has allowed Iran to become a nuclear power.
Former Israeli and American intelligence chiefs this week said the deal US President Barack Obama and other Western leaders struck with Iran last week in Geneva had essentially allowed the Islamic Republic to become a “nuclear threshold state.”
More accurately, former Israeli military intelligence chief Amos Yadlin said that the West had failed for decades to adequately confront the Iranian nuclear threat, and so had finally given up and signed a bad deal.
“The fact that Iran is a nuclear threshold state does not derive from this agreement, but because the Iranians have developed capabilities for years, and no one can stop them,” Yadlin said at the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv. Continue Reading »
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his predecessor Ehud Olmert battled over Israel’s Iran policy Sunday, with Olmert slamming Netanyahu for “waging war” against the US administration and Netanyahu responding that he would speak out loudly when Israel’s security is at stake.
“As opposed to others, when I see that interests vital to the security of Israel’s citizens are in danger, I will not be quiet,” Netanyahu said in Rome in a clear reference to comments Olmert made earlier in the day. Continue Reading »
London’s ‘Sunday Times’ quotes Israeli defense sources as saying Israel wants to discredit the P5+1 Geneva deal by producing evidence of Iranian covert duplicity.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has ordered both the Mossad and Military Intelligence to search for evidence that Iran is continuing nuclear activities forbidden under the Geneva accord signed with world powers last week, The Sunday Times quoted Israeli defense sources as saying.
Satellite photos show Iran ‘sanitizing’ Parchin – Photo: REUTERS
Proof that Iran was violating the terms of the six-month interim deal would complicate US President Barack Obama’s push to delay the passage of new congressional sanctions against Iran while a long-term deal with Iran is being negotiated. Continue Reading »
According to an Iranian envoy, Israel is “sitting on 200 nuclear warheads” as it is “crying wolf” about Iran’s nukes.
By Elad Benari, Canada
Iran’s envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) slammed Israel on Friday, accusing the Jewish state of attacking its neighbors and committing atrocities.
IAEA officials – AFP/File Photo
“Israel, sitting on 200 nuclear warheads all of them targeted at Muslim cities … is crying wolf about nuclear proliferation,” the envoy, Reza Najafi, told the UN nuclear agency.
“This regime (has) a long history of aggression against neighbors, atrocity against peoples under occupation and clandestine development of all kinds of” weapons of mass destruction, he declared in the comments quoted by The Associated Press (AP). Continue Reading »
Apparently Israel’s PM Netanyahu was right all along: ‘The Deal reduces the pressure on Iran without them giving anything tangible in return. The Iranians who are laughing all the way to the bank, are themselves saying that this deal has saved them.’
The White House is omitting key facts about the nuclear deal signed with Iran, which makes a number of important concessions to the Islamic Republic, The Washington Post argued in its editorial Friday.
US President Barack Obama – Photo: REUTERS/Pete Souza/The White House/Handout via Reu
Sunday’s accord is a six-month agreement with an option to extend, meant to limit the Iranian nuclear program as the P5+1 – the US, UK, Russia, China, France and Germany – try to hammer out a comprehensive accord with Iran. Continue Reading »
Israeli experts: P5+1 deal leaves Iran capable of producing nuclear weapon within 36 days.
US also allows Tehran to keep building the Arak heavy water & nuclear plant.
By Tova Dvorin
Iran could be armed with a nuclear weapon within just over a month, Maariv reports Thursday. The report was forwarded to diplomats and international experts this week.
Mark 7 nuclear bomb: Photo: National Museum of the United States Air Force
Israeli experts have estimated that Tehran’s schedule for nuclear enrichment has only been delayed for up to two weeks, according to the report, less than one week after a deal has been reached between Western powers and the Iranian government regarding the nuclear program. Continue Reading »
Bahrain’s Interior Minister Sheikh al-Khalifa says Iran’s Arab neighbors are still very concerned about Islamic republic’s nuclear program and want assurance that the West’s nuclear deal will indeed enhance regional security in the Gulf.
Iran’s Arab neighbors, deeply worried about Iran’s nuclear program, want assurances that Tehran’s deal with world powers will indeed enhance regional security, Bahrain’s interior minister said on Thursday.
Bahrain’s Interior Minister al-Khalifa – Photo: AFP PHOTO/MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH
US-allied Gulf Arab states, led by top oil exporter Saudi Arabia, have cautiously welcomed the November 24 interim accord as a step towards curbing what they fear is a secret Iranian program to develop nuclear weapons, a charge Tehran denies. Continue Reading »
Maj.-Gen. (res.) Yadlin reports that the deal made with Iran is much better than what was offered two weeks ago – and Netanyahu should take some credit for that.
By Gil Ronen
Major General (res.) Amos Yadlin, the former Head of Military Intelligence and current head of the Institute of National Strategic Studies, struck an upbeat note regarding the deal struck by the US and five other powers with Iran, regarding its nuclear weapons program.
Speaking on Channel 2‘s early-evening newscast Six, Yadlin said sarcastically that when he heard the first reactions of alarm to the deal, he “thought that perhaps Iran had received permission to build a nuclear bomb.” Continue Reading »
Complete document: ‘1st Step Understandings Regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Nuclear Program.’
Fact Sheet: First Step Understandings Regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Nuclear Program
The P5+1 (the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia, and China, facilitated by the European Union) has been engaged in serious and substantive negotiations with Iran with the goal of reaching a verifiable diplomatic resolution that would prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. Continue Reading »
Iran & 6 world powers have reached an agreement regarding Iran’s nuclear program.
Still no details of deal.
Iran and six world powers have reached a deal regarding Iran’s nuclear program, after hours of talks in Geneva.
Iranian, P5+1 delegations in Geneva October 15, 2013 – Reuters
The European Union’s Foreign Policy Chief, Catherine Ashton, announced early Sunday morning that an agreement has been reached between Iran and the group known as the P5+1.
France’s Foreign Minister, Laurent Fabius, confirmed as well that a deal has been reached. Details of the agreement have not yet been made public. Continue Reading »