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    US 'surprised' Israel with its course on Iran nuclear negotiations, Israeli officials say

    In contrast to the deal under discussion in Geneva between Iran and the world powers, the US told Israel that no significant sanctions relief would be offered; Talks to continue Saturday with more world leaders joining.



    The US 'surprised' Israel with the diplomatic course it appears to be taking at the nuclear negotiations with Iran in Geneva, according to unnamed Israeli officials.

    On Tuesday, the US told Israel that the US would only be offering minor sanctions relief to Iran and there would be no significant sanctions relief on the table, the Israeli officials told Israel Radio.

    US Secretary of State John Kerry met with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton in Geneva Friday in attempts to close "the important gaps" that remain between the sides before a deal can be signed. The meetings were to resume on Saturday morning.

    Kerry and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met before the US Secretary of State flew to Geneva to take part in negotiations of a deal in the works that would have the international community relieve sanctions on Iran in exchange for Iran freezing its nuclear activity for six months.

    Netanyahu harshly criticized the prospective deal after the meeting with Kerry.

    According to Netanyahu Iran is getting everything it wants at this stage, and not giving anything in return, and this at a time when Iran is under intense pressure.

    The Israeli officials said that the discussion between Kerry and Netanyahu on Friday was "very difficult," according to the report.

    Later on Friday US President Barack Obama called Netanyahu and updated him on the negotiations and underscored his strong commitment to preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

    Although the specifics of the deal under discussion are not known The Guardian reported that the "first-step agreement" is understood to include four key points:

    * Iran would stop weapons-grade 20 percent uranium enrichment and turn its existing stockpile into oxide, a harmless material.

    * Iran would be allowed to continue 3.5% enrichment needed for power stations, but limit the number of centrifuges being used. The deal would, however, not include any demand to remove or disable any other centrifuges.

    * While still being allowed to work on its plutonium reactor at Arak, Iran would agree not to activate it for the durations of the six months. The plutonium reactor could provide for another route to nuclear weapon capability.

    * Iran would not use its IR-2 centrifuges that are more advanced and capable of enriching uranium three-to-five times faster than the older model.

    In exchange for these steps, the US would agree to ease some "reversible" economic sanctions, the Guardian reported, possibly by releasing some Iranian funds frozen in overseas accounts. In addition, the US could possibly relax restrictions on Iran's petrochemical, motor and precious metals industries.

    The meeting, between Zarif, Kerry and Ashton lasted roughly five hours and ended late on Friday night without a deal.

    An EU spokesman said after the talks that they were "good," and Kerry told journalists when he arrived back at his hotel: "We're working hard."

    "It was productive but still we have lots of work to do," Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi told reporters after the meeting.

    A senior US State Department official said late on Friday that "Over the course of the evening, we continued to make progress as we worked to narrow the gaps."

    "There is more work to do," the official said about efforts to reach a negotiated deal over Iran's nuclear ambitions. "The meetings will resume tomorrow (Saturday) morning."

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and the Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi were expected to join the nuclear talks in Geneva on Saturday, in further signs of headway towards an interim deal between Tehran and world powers.

    http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/US-...als-say-331044

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    Re: US 'surprised' Israel with its course on Iran nuclear negotiations

    Much confusion in Israel about the head and the tail of the dog that is the relationship between them

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    Re: US 'surprised' Israel with its course on Iran nuclear negotiations

    I for one would be happy for peace to prevail. Israel should join in. Be merry be happy. Have peace everywhere!

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    World powers, Iran may reach nuclear deal next week, says top U.S. official

    World powers, Iran may reach nuclear deal next week, says top U.S. official
    Netanyahu presses France not to weaken on Iran; Israeli officials wage aggressive campaign in Washington to block the agreement.

    By Barak Ravid and Reuters | Nov. 15, 2013 |


    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, left, and Catherine Ashton, the European Union's foreign policy chief, at the end of the Iranian nuclear talks in Geneva, Nov. 10, 2013. Photo by AP

    The world powers and Iran may reach an agreement over the Islamic Republic's nuclear program as early as next week, a senior U.S. official said Friday.

    The official told reporters in Washington that it is "quite possible" that the P5+1 – including Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States – will reach a deal with Iran when talks resume in Geneva on November 20.

    According a report released by the International Atomic Energy Agency on Thursday, Iran has significantly slowed work on nuclear projects that could be used to make weapons. According to the official, the slowdown was a result of a diplomatic decision by Tehran, and not of technical difficulties.

    The senior official said the development is positive but added that it is difficult to assert whether it was a "sign of good faith."

    Nevertheless, the world powers have asked Congress to refrain from imposing new sanctions on Iran while the negotiations are in progress, the official said. The U.S. administration believes that new sanctions would spur Iran's nuclear development.

    The official stressed that the U.S. does not believe that Iran has the "right" to enrich uranium, adding that a deal with Tehran will not stipulate anything to that effect.

    Should Iran and the P5+1 reach an agreement, relief from sanctions will not amount to more than $15 billion, the official said. The Islamic Republic loses $5 billion a month as result of the economic measures aimed at curbing its nuclear program.

    PM presses France on Iran

    Meanwhile, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pressed France not to weaken in its stance toward Iran in the upcoming talks, days before President Francois Hollande is due to visit Israel.

    Iran has accused France of blocking agreement last week at talks between Tehran and six world powers in Geneva.

    "We hope that France will not weaken," Netanyahu told Le Figaro daily in an interview. "We salute (Hollande's) consistent and determined position on the Iranian issue."

    Netanyahu reiterated his government's opposition to Iran pursuing any research that could lead to the development of a nuclear weapon, saying it should not possess heavy water reactors or centrifuges used to enrich radioactive material. Tehran says it wants nuclear energy for electricity, not bombs.

    Also on Friday, Foreign Policy magazine's The Cable blog reported that Israeli ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer and AIPAC, the influential pro-Israel lobby in Washington, are "storming Capitol Hill" in an attempt to "discredit" the Obama administration's efforts to reach an agreement with Tehran. The report cited multiple Congressional aides.

    According to the magazine, the campaign comes alongside a visit to Washington by Economy Minister Naftali Bennett, who is also attempting to turn U.S. lawmakers against the deal.

    "The campaign includes one-on-one briefings with lawmakers that provide data that strays from official U.S. assessments," the report said.

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.558297

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    Iran, world powers close to nuclear deal: Russia

    MOSCOW: Global powers and Iran are close to a preliminary deal to rein in Tehran's nuclear program and should not pass up a "very good chance" to clinch it, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in remarks broadcast on Saturday.

    His upbeat comments in a television interview came a day after a senior U.S. official said it was possible a deal could be reached when negotiators meet in Geneva from November 20.

    Six nations negotiating with Iran hope the talks can produce an agreement that would be the first step towards a comprehensive deal to end a decade-long standoff with Tehran and provide assurances it will not build nuclear weapons.

    "Our common impression is that there is a very good chance that must not be passed up," Lavrov said of a recent discussion with European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, when asked whether the Geneva talks could be successful.

    "The steps that must be taken to defuse the situation and create conditions for a final resolution of the Iranian nuclear problem are clear to both the six nations and Iran," he said in the interview with Moscow-based TV Tsentr.

    "It is a matter of putting this on paper correctly, accurately and in a mutually respectful way."

    Ashton represents the six global powers seeking to curb Iran's nuclear program - the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany - in negotiations with Tehran.

    Talks on November 7-9 produced no deal but "confirmed that for the first time in many years both the six nations and Tehran are ready not just to present positions that in most cases do not intersect, but to find points of intersection," Lavrov said.

    "These points have been determined, and now there are no fundamental disagreements on which issues need to be resolved in practice," he said, according to a Foreign Ministry transcript of the interview.

    He gave no details. Iran wants relief from U.S., EU and U.N. sanctions imposed for violating U.N. resolutions demanding it halt uranium enrichment and other sensitive nuclear activities that could be used to make weapons.

    Iran denies it wants to develop atomic weapons capability and insists its nuclear program is dedicated exclusively to the peaceful generation of electricity and other civilian uses.

    Russia, which built Iran's first nuclear power plant and has much warmer ties with Tehran than the United States does, backs Iran's desire for recognition of its right to enrich uranium and opposes any additional sanctions.

    Iran has stopped expanding its uranium enrichment capacity under President Hassan Rouhani, who replaced hardliner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in August, an International Atomic Energy Agency report showed on Thursday. (Reuters)

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    Iran, world powers agree nuclear deal



    GENEVA: World powers Sunday agreed a landmark deal with Iran halting parts of its nuclear programme in what US President Barack Obama called “an important first step”.

    According to details of the accord agreed in Geneva provided by the White House, Iran has committed to halt uranium enrichment above purities of five percent.

    In exchange the deal will afford the Islamic republic some $7 billion in sanctions relief and the powers promised to impose no new sanctions for six months if it sticks by the accord.

    The announcement came after more than four days of talks in Geneva between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council members plus Germany.

    British Foreign Secretary William Hague called it “good for the whole world, including Middle Eastern countries and the people of Iran themselves”.

    It was the third meeting in Geneva since Hassan Rouhani became Iranian president in August. The reputed moderate has raised hopes for an end to the decade-old standoff over Iran’s nuclear work.

    Numerous diplomatic initiatives have failed over the past 10 years to persuade Iran to rein in its programme, which Tehran insists is peaceful but which Western countries suspect is aimed at crafting atomic weapons.

    Foreign ministers from the six powers including US Secretary of State John Kerry had jetted into Geneva for the second time in two weeks on Saturday morning after negotiators made good progress.

    This “first phase” interim deal is meant to build trust and ease tensions while negotiators push on for a final accord to end once and for all fears that Tehran will acquire an atomic bomb.

    It remains to be seen, however, whether the deal, once the details are known, with go down with hardliners in the United States and the Islamic republic, as well as Israel.

    Iranians, many of whom see the nuclear programme as source of national pride, are impatient to see a lifting as soon as possible of sanctions that have more than halved Iran’s vital oil exports since mid-2012.

    Iran’s currency, the rial, has been depreciated by more than half since late 2011, while inflation has soared to more than 40 percent, according to questionable official figures.

    Many in Israel strongly believe that the only aim of Iran — an ally of Hezbollah and embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad — is to developed a nuclear arsenal.

    Many hardliners in the United States agree, believing that Obama, who in September held an historic phone call with Rouhani, is being too soft on Iran.

    As a result Obama will likely find it hard to persuade lawmakers to roll back any of the oil and financial sanctions and trade restrictions imposed by Congress.

    Israel, itself widely assumed to be the Middle East’s only nuclear-armed nation, has refused to rule out military action against its arch rival.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has dismissed Rouhani’s overtures to the international community as an empty charm offensive.

    He has campaigned tirelessly against the mooted deal, believing that it still leaves Iran with the capability to make nuclear weapons.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/636300/i...-nuclear-deal/

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    British Foreign Secretary William Hague called it “good for the whole world, including Middle Eastern countries and the people of Iran themselves”
    Who cares what this pygmy says? It's not "world powers"; it's merely the USA.
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    Re: Iran, world powers agree nuclear deal

    Quote Originally Posted by Wolf View Post
    Who cares what this pygmy says? It's not "world powers"; it's merely the USA.
    William Hague is a pathetic man. One that tried to lead the tories and couldn't hack it. Now behaves like an idiot interfering in matters not concerning him.
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    Re: Iran, world powers agree nuclear deal

    As i said, new President is more rational & pragmatic than previous, Good for Iran & It's people - now they don't have to sell their resources cheap, that also at deferred payment along with free shipments & insurance and forced imports and yes you believe it or not ship of democracy is on the way towards KSA

    Pakistan should not screw up opportunity, we have chance to balance our relation like 60s & 70s
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    Quote Originally Posted by LoveIcon View Post
    As i said, new President is more rational & pragmatic than previous, Good for Iran & It's people - now they don't have to sell their resources cheap, that also at deferred payment along with free shipments & insurance and forced imports and yes you believe it or not ship of democracy is on the way towards KSA

    Pakistan should not screw up opportunity, we have chance to make our balance our relation like 60s & 70s
    Peace in our region only benefits OUR region. We should all strive for this. Iran is willing. Are KSA willing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mazea View Post
    Peace in our region only benefits OUR region. We should all strive for this. Iran is willing. Are KSA willing?
    No - As their kingdom is in danger, but i fear backlash of this deal in shape of sectarian killings in Pakistan and other regional countries - KSA will do whatever it can to keep these countries under her influence.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LoveIcon View Post
    No - As their kingdom is in danger, but i fear backlash of this deal in shape of sectarian killings in Pakistan and other regional countries - KSA will do whatever it can to keep these countries under her influence.
    I know the jundallah group has been given unlimited funds to create havoc. Pakistan security for its people are in the hands of the government and army. If there is a will they can control this serious potential risk.

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    Iran, world powers reach historic nuclear deal

    GENEVA — Iran and six major powers agreed early Sunday on a historic deal that freezes key parts of Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for temporary relief on some economic sanctions.

    The agreement, sealed at a 3 a.m. signing ceremony in Geneva’s Palace of Nations, requires Iran to halt or scale back parts of its nuclear infrastructure, the first such pause in more than a decade.

    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif hailed the deal, which was reached after four days of hard bargaining, including an eleventh-hour intervention by Secretary of State John F. Kerry and foreign ministers from Europe, Russia and China.

    “It is important that we all of us see the opportunity to end an unnecessary crisis and open new horizons based on respect, based on the rights of the Iranian people and removing any doubts about the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program,” Zarif told reporters in English. “This is a process of attempting to restore confidence.”

    The deal, intended as a first step toward a more comprehensive nuclear pact to be completed in six months, freezes or reverses progress at all of Iran’s major nuclear facilities, according to Western officials familiar with the details. It halts the installation of new centrifuges used to enrich uranium and caps the amount and type of enriched uranium that Iran is allowed to produce.

    Iran also agreed to halt work on key components of a heavy-water reactor that could someday provide Iran with a source of plutonium. In addition, Iran accepted a dramatic increase in oversight, including daily monitoring by international nuclear inspectors, the officials said.

    The concessions not only halt Iran’s nuclear advances but also make it virtually impossible for Tehran to build a nuclear weapon without being detected, the officials said. In return, Iran will receive modest relief of trade sanctions and access to some of its frozen currency accounts overseas, concessions said to be valued at less than $7 billion over the six-month term of the deal. The sanctions would be reinstated if Iran violates the agreement’s terms.

    The Associated Press reported that hours after the accord was reached, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said the deal recognizes Tehran’s “rights” to maintain an atomic program.

    Rouhani on Sunday repeated Iran’s claim that it would “never” seek atomic weapons.

    His reference to “nuclear rights” in a nationally broadcast speech touches on the country’s demand to keep its uranium enrichment program.

    In an address from the White House after the deal was announced, President Obama praised the negotiators’ work. “Today, that diplomacy opened up a new path toward a world that is more secure — a future in which we can verify that Iran’s nuclear program is peaceful and that it cannot build a nuclear weapon,” he said. “While today’s announcement is just a first step, it achieves a great deal. For the first time in nearly a decade, we have halted the progress of the Iranian nuclear program, and key parts of the program will be rolled back.”

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    Re: Iran, world powers reach historic nuclear deal

    Iran has agreed to.....

    Halting the Progress of Iran’s Program and Rolling Back Key Elements

    Halt all enrichment above 5% and dismantle the technical connections required to enrich above 5%.
    Dilute below 5% or convert to a form not suitable for further enrichment its entire stockpile of near-20% enriched uranium before the end of the initial phase.

    Not install additional centrifuges of any type.
    Not install or use any next-generation centrifuges to enrich uranium.
    Leave inoperable roughly half of installed centrifuges at Natanz and three-quarters of installed centrifuges at Fordow, so they cannot be used to enrich uranium.
    Limit its centrifuge production to those needed to replace damaged machines, so Iran cannot use the six months to stockpile centrifuges.
    Not construct additional enrichment facilities.

    Not increase its stockpile of 3.5% low enriched uranium, so that the amount is not greater at the end of the six months than it is at the beginning, and any newly enriched 3.5% enriched uranium is converted into oxide.
    Iran has committed to no further advances of its activities at Arak and to halt progress on its plutonium track.

    Not commission the Arak reactor.
    Not fuel the Arak reactor.
    Halt the production of fuel for the Arak reactor.
    No additional testing of fuel for the Arak reactor.
    Not install any additional reactor components at Arak.
    Not transfer fuel and heavy water to the reactor site.Not construct a facility capable of reprocessing. Without reprocessing, Iran cannot separate plutonium from spent fuel.

    Provide daily access by IAEA inspectors at Natanz and Fordow. This daily access will permit inspectors to review surveillance camera footage to ensure comprehensive monitoring. This access will provide even greater transparency into enrichment at these sites and shorten detection time for any non-compliance.
    Provide IAEA access to centrifuge assembly facilities.
    Provide IAEA access to centrifuge rotor component production and storage facilities.
    Provide IAEA access to uranium mines and mills.
    Provide long-sought design information for the Arak reactor. This will provide critical insight into the reactor that has not previously been available.
    Provide more frequent inspector access to the Arak reactor.
    Provide certain key data and information called for in the Additional Protocol to Iran’s IAEA Safeguards Agreement and Modified Code 3.1.

    Verification Mechanism
    The IAEA will be called upon to perform many of these verification steps, consistent with their ongoing inspection role in Iran. In addition, the P5+1 and Iran have committed to establishing a Joint Commission to work with the IAEA to monitor implementation and address issues that may arise. The Joint Commission will also work with the IAEA to facilitate resolution of past and present concerns with respect to Iran’s nuclear program, including the possible military dimension of Iran’s nuclear program and Iran’s activities at Parchin.

    www.businessinsider.com/iran-...#ixzz2lXmS5fUv

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    Re: Iran, world powers reach historic nuclear deal

    IF Iran's existing centrifuge arrays as well as it's low grade stockpiles are excluded, then I would posit it is simply kicking the nuclear can down the road.

    Someone could come up with a pretty accurate timeframe for the time it will take for Iran to enrich it's low grade stockpiles with it's centrifuge arrays.

    To me it smells of delay that works for the US(declare victory when one is DESPERATELY needed) and Iran(economic breathing room).

    Israel and Saudi must be HATING this.....and it will be a bigger nastier wedge between the US and both.

    I wonder if Israel is starting to view the US like France in the mid 60's?

    While I would agree it would be good for the US to get its asss back from Israel/AIPAC as they have far too much influence over the US, I don't think this is necessarily the way to go about it.

    Same with Saudi Arabia.......Im sure the US are sick of getting poked to do Israel/Saudi's dirty work. Lets hope for peace now AND Saudi and Israel can go get chilly in their pants.
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    Re: Iran, world powers agree nuclear deal

    Good news for Peace... U.S.A should lift up all sanctions.

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    Pakistan welcomes resolution of Iran nuclear issue



    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan welcomed the understanding reached between Iran and P5 +1 in Geneva on the Iran nuclear issue, Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on Sunday.
    Stating that Pakistan considers Iran to be a brotherly neighbouring country, the statement added that a peaceful solution to the issue had always been desired.

    The statement from the ministry said that it was being stressed that a confrontation be avoided on the Iran’s nuclear program by Pakistan as it could have destabilised the region.

    The understanding between Iran and P5+1 in Geneva is important as it bodes well for the peace and security situation in the region and the world.

    P5+1 group which comprises of the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany met in Geneva on Saturday and reached an understanding in a bid to reach an interim accord with Iran on its nuclear programme after a decade of failed efforts.

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    Isolated Israel, angry with US, denounces Iran deal

    JERUSALEM: Isolated and angry with its ally the United States, Israel Sunday bitterly denounced a “bad” nuclear deal between world powers and Tehran while repeating its threat of military action against Iran.

    The hostile reaction came as the Jewish state saw months of diplomatic efforts to persuade world powers not to provide sanctions relief to Tehran being swept aside.

    Hours after Iran agreed with the P5+1 group, the United States, China, Russia, France, Britain and Germany, to row back some of its nuclear activities in exchange for limited sanctions relief, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu charged that “what was achieved in Geneva is not a historic agreement but rather a historic mistake”.

    Netanyahu's office had earlier called it a “bad agreement” that “gives Iran exactly what it wanted, a significant easing of sanctions and allows it to keep hold of the most essential parts of its nuclear programme.”

    Since the election of Iran's new President Hassan Rouhani, whose diplomatic overtures to the West allowed a resumption of dialogue with long-time enemy the United States, Netanyahu repeatedly warned that Tehran's intentions had not changed.

    Israel and the West suspect the nuclear programme is aimed at developing a weapons capability but Tehran insists it is entirely peaceful.

    The Israeli premier had called Rouhani a “wolf in sheep's clothing” and repeatedly warned world powers against striking a “bad and dangerous” deal with the Islamic republic, saying it could result in war.

    Netanyahu reiterated Israel reserved the right to defend itself through military action, telling the UN Security Council in October that his country was ready to order a strike to prevent Iran gaining nuclear weapons capability.

    And on Sunday, Israel's hawkish Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman stressed that “all options are on the table”.

    “The responsibility for the security of the Jewish people and the population of Israel remains the sole responsibility of the Israeli government,” he told public radio.

    Experts, however, were sceptical that Israel would imminently take such action.

    “It's not a great deal, but it's not a disaster either,” said Dr Emily Landau of Tel Aviv University's Institute for National Security Studies.

    “In terms of (US President Barack) Obama's project of putting time on the clock and not allowing the Iranians to move forward with their nuclear programme during the months of negotiations, the deal is more or less something that can be lived with (for the Israelis),” Landau told AFP.

    “As long as the international community is moving into this six-month period where there's supposed to be a negotiated comprehensive deal, it's hard to believe Israel would take action.”

    Israel's President Shimon Peres was more cautious in his response, pointing to the fact the agreement was “an interim deal” which allowed time for a diplomatic solution.

    In a statement, however, he did not rule out a military response.

    “Reject terrorism,” Peres pleaded with the Iranian people. “Stop the nuclear programme. Stop the development of long-range missiles. Israel like others in the international community prefers a diplomatic solution.

    “But ... if the diplomatic path fails, the nuclear option will be prevented by other means,” Peres warned.

    US Secretary of State John Kerry sought to assuage Israel, insisting the deal was a “first step.”

    ”This first step, I want to emphasise, actually rolls back the programme from where it is today, enlarges the breakout time, which would not have occurred unless this agreement existed.

    “It will make our partners in the region safer. It will make our ally Israel safer,” Kerry told reporters.

    The Geneva deal came just days after Netanyahu, in an apparent snub to the US and a last-ditch effort, travelled to Moscow to try to convince Russian President Vladimir Putin not to enter a deal with Iran. That trip lived up to predictions by analysts that it would achieve little.

    http://www.dawn.com/news/1058268/iso...nces-iran-deal

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    Re: Iran, world powers agree nuclear deal

    Given the events in Syria and the lack of expected US strike and the perception that the Obama administration will pass on the problem to the next administration I think an Israeli strike would be sooner than later.

    Further more based on the current Saudi/Israeli mutual understanding (I will refer to this article)

    http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/...11742820387758

    The deal on offer in Geneva this week relaxes sanctions on Iran in exchange for promises to slow work on parts of the nuclear program. The Saudis and Israelis have both pre-emptively condemned any agreement that doesn't dismantle Iran's ability to enrich uranium and build a bomb. This one won't. Mr. Alwaleed says the Saudis are trying to "put maximum pressure now on the United States not to succumb to the president of Iran's soft talk."
    He endorses Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's line to describe Mr. Rouhani: "a wolf in sheep's clothing." He notes this startling alliance of Wahhabist Saudi Arabia, custodian of Islam's holiest sites, and the Jewish state. "For the first time, Saudi Arabian interests and Israel are almost parallel," he says, his voice rising. "It's incredible."
    The prince stops short of endorsing an Israeli military strike on Iran, but in the same breath says he thinks a military option to "neutralize" Iran's nuclear potential is preferable to a bad diplomatic deal.

    So at the moment a "BAD diplomatic deal" (according to the Prince) has occurred and I will not be surprised that Saudi Arabia allows Israeli planes to fly over within days.

    I am thinking some events might occur within days.

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