Amano 311 (R).
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Intelligence and Atomic Energy Minister Dan Meridor will meet with International
Atomic Energy Agency head Yukiya Amano in Vienna on Thursday for a meeting that
Meridor’s spokesmen said had nothing to do with the Ofer Brothers Group
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This meeting was set up weeks ago, and was not tied to any
particular incident or event, the spokesman said. The two last met in August,
when Amano made his first visit to Israel as head of the IAEA, succeeding
There is growing concern in Jerusalem that reports of
the Ofer Brothers Group’s commercial ties with Iran could undermine Israel’s
painstaking efforts to get sanctions clamped on the Islamic
According to a statement from Meridor’s office, the minister
will talk with Amano about the “urgent” need to tighten the sanctions against
Iran, which is continuing to enrich uranium.
During his visit, Meridor is
also scheduled to meet with Austrian Foreign Minister Michael
Meridor’s meeting comes at a time of growing concern in
Jerusalem that the developments in the Arab world are diverting the
international community’s attention from the situation in Iran.
recent visit to Washington, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu highlighted the
Iranian issue in a number of meetings, and argued that the sanctions imposed on
Iran have not bent the country’s will, and that the regime has not diverted one
dollar from its nuclear program as a result of the sanctions.
meeting in the capital this week with two visiting US senators, Netanyahu said
that a nuclear Iran would “turn the Arab Spring into an Arab Winter” since it
would embolden all the Islamic radicals in the region.