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After Israel talks, Pentagon chief says: ‘Friends can disagree’

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter never expected to win over Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about the merits of the nuclear agreement with Iran but tried to put a brave face on their sometimes blunt, closed-door exchange on Tuesday. “We don’t agree on everything. And the prime minister made it …

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If nuclear deal fails, we can kiss Iran’s moderates goodbye

By Ahmad Rafat (+972 Magazine) Should Iran and the West fail to come to an agreement, the battle will no longer be between the right and left, but rather between democratic forces and totalitarian ones. There is no doubt that the negotiators, whom these days are working to achieve a …

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How to Salvage Some Security From the Botched Iran Deal

Michael Herzog (Financial Times) Israel is not at the table negotiating the deal on Iran’s nuclear programme. Yet it is Israel’s national security, perhaps more than anyone else’s, that will be affected. Threatened by Iran’s nuclear and hegemonic ambitions, Israel and most of its Arab neighbours question whether the expected …

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Israel links ratifying nuclear test ban to Iran ties

Israel wants Iranian recognition before it ratifies an international ban on nuclear bomb tests, an Israeli official said on Wednesday, in a rare public discussion of terms for upgrading from signatory status. Negotiated in the 1990s, the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) enjoys wide global support but must be …

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As Iran deal takes shape, Israel plays up regional common ground

With a deal on Iran’s nuclear program drawing near, Israel is beginning to look at what comes afterwards and how best to position itself for the longer term. Publicly, Israeli officials have not given up trying to influence what appear to be the closing stages of negotiations, although gaps could …

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U.S. military chief seeks to reassure Israel on Iran threat

(Reuters) – America’s top general sought to reassure Israel on Tuesday of “unshakable” U.S. military support, despite deep strains in political relations over the prospect of a U.S.-led nuclear deal with Iran and differences over Israeli-Palestinian diplomacy. U.S. General Martin Dempsey, on a visit to Israel, said he shared a core …

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Iran’s allies, not atoms, preoccupy Israeli generals

(Reuters) – While Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thunders against a looming Iranian nuclear deal, his defense chiefs see a more pressing menace from Tehran’s guerrilla allies. Chief among these is Hezbollah, the Lebanese militia that fought Israeli forces to a stand-still in their 2006 war and has since expanded …

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Iran slams nuclear powers, Israel at UN atomic treaty meeting

(Reuters) – Iran on Monday demanded that countries possessing nuclear weapons scrap any plans to modernize or extend the life of their atomic arsenals, while branding Israel a threat to the region due to its presumed nuclear stockpile. Speaking on behalf of the 120-nation Non-Aligned Movement, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad …

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Israel’s Iranian Jews worry about the nuclear deal

By Adam Taylor (Washington Post) Few nations have watched the talks over Iran’s nuclear program more closely than Israel, which views the Islamic republic as an existential threat. And within Israel, among those especially unsettled by the idea of a final agreement are Iranian Jews. “We are the Persians,” Avi …

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John Bolton on Iran, Israel and the GOP prez race

Former U.N. Ambassador and GOP presidential possibility John Bolton will be joining other Republican party bigwigs today at the First in the Nation Republican Leadership Summit in New Hampshire. Yesterday he sat down with “Boston Herald Drive” host Adriana Cohen to discuss Iran, Israel and presidential politics. Q. With respect …

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