Israel’s efforts to obstruct U.S.-Iranian diplomacy

Reuters reports: Iran is on course to develop a nuclear bomb within six months and time has run out for further negotiations, a senior Israeli minister said.

Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz said Iran still believed it had room for maneuver in dealing with world powers, and that unless it faced a credible threat of U.S. military action, it would not stop its nuclear activities.

“There is no more time to hold negotiations,” Steinitz, who is close to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said in an interview with the Israel Hayom daily published on Friday. [Continue reading…]

The Jerusalem Post reports: Jerusalem urged the world on Thursday not to be fooled by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s smiles and to intensify sanctions against the regime until he takes concrete steps toward dismantling Tehran’s nuclear program.

“One should not be taken in by Rouhani’s deceptive words,” the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement. “The same Rouhani boasted in the past how he deceived the international community with nuclear talks, even as Iran was continuing with its nuclear program.”

The Prime Minister’s Office comments followed the Iranian president’s two-part interview with NBC on Wednesday and Thursday that aired just before he is to fly to the US and address the UN General Assembly.

Rouhani said Iran was not seeking war, and slammed Israel for bringing “instability” to the Middle East and for questioning his government’s intentions toward nuclear arms.

He called Israel “an occupier, a usurper government that does injustice to the people of the region,” and said it “has brought instability to the region with its war-mongering policies.” [Continue reading…]

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2 thoughts on “Israel’s efforts to obstruct U.S.-Iranian diplomacy

  1. rosemerry

    Jut reading the article, plus the comments by official speakers, exposes the lies and excesses of what passes for Israeli foreign policy. Surely even for Israel, peace and getting on with neighbours would benefit its economy and the lives of young people.

  2. Norman

    What we hear from the Israeli side, the usual “the sky is falling”, the U.S. better bomb Iran, leaving Israel to continue being the boogieman of the M.E. I will repeat myself on this one issue, if “Peace” were to take hold, the warmongers put out to pasture, Israel could lead the M.E. into the 21st Century, building greatness, instead of the continuing death and destruction that’s the hallmark of today. Of course, Israeli leadership would have to change, which like all the M.E. old people, they find that as a death verdict, which is what it should be.

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