Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that Israel and the P5+1 countries are operating for the common good against Iran's nuclear program but expressed concern that the P5+1 has decreased and weakened demands made in the previous rounds of negotiations.
Netanyahu made the comments during a meeting in Jerusalem with a group of Anti-Defamation League Regional Board Chairs from around the US led by National Chair Robert G. Sugarman and National Director Abraham H. Foxman.
P5+1 – the US, China,
Russia, France, Britain and Germany – held negotiations with Iranian officials in Istanbul last week to discuss the Islamic Republic's nuclear program.
The prime minister reiterated that the P5+1 should go back to its original demand that Iran totally stop enriching uranium and export all previously enriched material and dismantle the underground nuclear facility near Qom.
Netanyahu answered a range of questions during the meeting on issues including Iran, proposals for legislation replacing the Tal Law and African migrants.
While Israel continues to say the Iranians are using talks with the world powers
to waste time, Jerusalem is tellingly still not calling for them to be
discontinued, even as last week’s “technical talks” in Istanbul led to nothing
more than an agreement to meet again.
EU foreign policy chief Catherine
Ashton issued a statement shorty after the talks saying that a “full day” of
“technical discussions” went on until 1 a.m., and that the P5+1 provided further details of their
proposals given to Iran two months ago, and that Iran shared “further details of
Experts, the statement read, “explored positions on a
number of technical subjects.”
The negotiators in Istanbul last week discussed issues
such as Iran’s formerly clandestine Fordow facility near Qom, where high-grade
enrichment is taking place.
The six powers want the bunkered, underground
facility closed, but there are disagreements with the Iranian side on how this
could be done or what exactly is going on in Fordow.
Herb Keinon contributed to this report