'Nuclear negotiations with Iran are not working'

There is no evidence Tehran's serious about curbing nuclear program, senior Israeli official says.

May 28, 2012 22:01
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Iran- P5+1 nuclear negotiations in Baghdad

Baghdad nuclear talks 370. (photo credit: REUTERS)

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Netanyahu, in a meeting with senators Mark Udall (DColorado), Richard Burr (RNorth Carolina), Mark Warner (D-Virginia), and Barbara Mikulski (D-Maryland) said the Iranians were playing “nuclear chess.” Tehran, he said, might decide to sacrifice a pawn – that is, give some concessions – in order to “keep their king,” which is defined in Jerusalem as Iran keeping its nuclear program intact.

In addition to Iran, Netanyahu told the delegation going to Egypt on Tuesday that Israel “appreciated” the position articulated publicly by the US that it expected any future government in Cairo to keep the peace treaty with Israel.

Netanyahu also thanked the senators for US support for the Iron Dome anti-missile system, saying that it was an investment not only in Israel’s security, but also in peace. He said the Iron Dome was key in de-escalating the recent rounds of tension in Gaza, because the system ensured that things would “not get out of control.”

The reasoning behind this is that had the missiles struck at the heart of population centers in the South earlier this year, Israel would have had no choice but to launch a major offensive against Gaza.

Neither the diplomatic process with the Palestinians nor the situation with Syria were discussed at any length during Netanyahu’s meeting with the delegation.

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