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At the opening session of the 10th annual Saban Forum, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman criticized the interim nuclear deal with Iran but appealed for discretion in managing the bilateral frictions between the United States and Israel that have become apparent over the diplomacy.
Lieberman described the Iranian interim nuclear deal as “unacceptable to me and the Israelis.” However, he repeatedly underscored that while “it’s impossible to conceal the disagreements between us and the Americans on this deal…it’s unnecessary to discuss those disagreements publicly.”
U.S. President Barack Obama says that the international community should allow Iran a ‘dignified’ path to resolve the ongoing dispute over its nuclear program and that it would allow Iran to keep nuclear enrichment capabilities. See Video Here
In a special interview to Ynet’s Attila Somfalvi, President Obama’s former top Iranian nuclear adviser, Dr. Gary Seymour, revealed that the U.S. talked Netanyahu out of attacking Iran, back in 2012.
The White House is currently examining ways to enable Iran to have its own “domestic” uranium enrichment program, according to a senior Obama administration official, the Washington Free Beacon reports.
As the details of a six month interim nuclear deal between Iran and Western nations are hashed out, the White House is exploring the practicality of permitting Iran to continue certain enrichment activities, an issue that Iranian officials have described as a “redline.”
VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE Finance Minister Yair Lapid backed Prime Minister Netanyahu’s vocal opposition to the Geneva accords reached between the P5+1 and Iran last week, although he expressed some understanding in the U.S. administration’s conduct.
In an interview with CNBC Monday, Lapid claimed, Israel has “earned the right to be more concerned than anyone else. People have to remember that when they wonder why we have been so loud against this agreement with Iran. For us it’s not academic or theoretical, it’s existential. Here’s a regime that’s been loud about its wish and commitment to the destruction of Israel.”
Israeli diplomatic and defense officials now believe Israel has totally lost her chance to influence the Americans on the Iranian issue in the next 6-months negotiation framework between the P5+1 and Iran, veteran Israeli defense analyst Ron Ben Yishai writes in Ynet.
“The possibility to influence the president with regard to the Iranian nuclear program is almost negligible,” top Israeli officials are quoted.
The Kuwaiti news outlet Al-Jarida reports that President Obama is seeking to arrange a trip to Tehran, Iran next year. The headline of the article reads, “Obama would like to visit Tehran, official invitation after details resolved.”
Al-Jarida has learned from a U.S. diplomat that President Barack Obama is seeking to visit Tehran in the middle of next year,” the report reads, based on a translation using Google Translate.
Senator Bob Menendez, NJ Democrat, Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today on CBS Face the Nation: “I think that what bothered me was a statement made by Jay Carney that those of us who had been advocates of prospective sanctions, sanctions that would take place six months later after this time period of negotiations would be there to be in force if the deal fell through and would in essence be stayed if there was a deal, that suggesting that that thought was somehow marching us off to war was way over the top.” See Video Here
Israeli President Shimon Peres is a less vocal critic of President Obama’s conduct on Iran. Nonetheless, he expressed his view that it is incumbent upon President Obama to uphold his obligation to exercise the military option against Tehran should the Iranians fail to uphold their agreement or should the diplomatic effort fail.
Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert slammed Sunday afternoon Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who according to him has declared war on the American administration by criticizing the Geneva accord between the P5+1 and Iran.
“We have declared war on the US… Will the savior in the Iranian matter be Putin, or Obama?” Mr. Olmert rhetorically asked, during a speech at the Institute for National Security Studies. “We need to go against the American president? To ask questions, to argue, in closed door decisions, of course.”
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered the Mossad and Israel’s Military Intelligence to search for evidence that would serve as a “Smoking Gun” in proving the U.S. that Iran is continuing nuclear activities forbidden under the Geneva accord, The Sunday Times quoted Israeli defense sources.
‘Moderate’ Iranian President Hassan Rohani clarified that his country has no intention of disarming its nuclear facilities, in an interview with the Financial Times on Friday. When asked by the Financial Times if Tehran whether dismantling its nuclear facilities is a “red line” Rohani replied: “100 percent.”
The UN nuclear watchdog said Thursday it was not yet ready to verify Iran’s compliance with the recent deal with world powers, i24News reports.
“We need to study the agreement (struck in Geneva on Sunday) and we have to identify the ways in which the elements relevant to the IAEA be put into practice,” International Atomic Energy Agency chief Yuyika Amano told reporters. “It will take time because it is a quite complicated task and we would like to properly prepare and do the job properly…. I cannot tell when we will be ready.”
Prime minister Netanyahu at a Lightening of the Menorah ceremony at the Kotel.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s failure to prevent the Iranian nuclear agreement in Geneva has actually boosted his standing among the Israeli electorate. The Likud-Beitenu Party has risen to its highest level since the January elections – 37 Knesset seats, were elections held today, according to the “Globes”-Smith Institute poll for November. The Likud-Beitenu gained six seats compared with its showing in the 2013 Knesset elections.
President Barack Obama asked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to take break from his “clamorous criticism” towards Iran nuclear agreement, a Washington Post report said on Thursday.
Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind criticized Wednesday evening Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio for backing President Obama on the deal reached with Iran and calling it ‘promising’ and positive.
David Cameron used a Downing Street Chanukah reception to tell Britain’s Jewish community: “I share your scepticism over the Iran deal.” After lighting the candles with the Chief Rabbi, Cameron addressed the issue of Iran head-on, saying: “An enemy of Israel’s is an enemy of mine… but in my judgement this is the right step to take.”
In the presence of the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne and former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak, Cameron was at pains to point out the deal’s advantages.
New York City Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio disagrees with New York’s senior Senator, Chuck Schumer’s vocal opposition to the Obama administration’s most recent steps taken on the sanctions regime against Iran.
“I have a different view on the issue. The administration is doing the right thing,” Mr. de Blasio told reporters following a public event Wednesday afternoon. “These negotiations are promising, and this could be the best way to stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons.”