24 novembre 2013

Geneva talks yield nuclear deal with Iran

Iran and six world powers reached a breakthrough deal on Sunday to curb Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for limited sanctions relief. Aimed at ending a dangerous standoff, the agreement between Iran and the United States, France, Germany, Britain, China and Russia was nailed down after more than four days of negotiations in the Swiss city of Geneva, much to the disappointment of Israeli officials. The accord was designed as a package of confidence-building steps to ease decades of tensions and confrontation and banish the specter... [Lire la suite]
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20 novembre 2013

Netanyahu: Israel insists on 'real solution' to Iran nuclear crisis

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday insisted on the need for a "real" solution to the Iranian nuclear crisis, after talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow. "We would all like a diplomatic solution, but it needs to be a real solution," said Netanyahu, adding that this would involve Iran halting uranium enrichment and centrifuge work in the same way as Syria was allowing its chemical weapons arsenal to be destroyed. "We believe it is possible to reach a better agreement," Netanyahu added, "but it requires us to... [Lire la suite]
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19 novembre 2013

Israel starting to consider 'day after' Iran agreement

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Wednesday, as Israel begins preparing its “day after” scenario in expectation of an imminent interim agreement between the P5+1 and Iran. Netanyahu continued on Tuesday to implore the P5+1 – the US, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany – to improve the conditions of the deal shaping up. But as he did so, others began talking about strategy for the eventuality that a deal is signed when the sides meet on Wednesday in Geneva for the third... [Lire la suite]
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16 novembre 2013

US to Israel: Diplomacy preferable to war

The spat between allies Israel and the US continues: The American administration believes the path proposed by Israel to subdue Iran with sanctions may lead to war and not to a peaceful resolution of the nuclear issue, State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki told reporters after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned over Twitter against a "bad deal" with Iran. "I think we're looking at multiple tracks here, including our continued pursuit of seeing whether a diplomatic path is possible. The alternative in our view is a path to... [Lire la suite]
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16 novembre 2013

Netanyahu praises France's "coherent and resolute " stance on Iran

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu says he is looking forward to meeting with French President Francois Hollande, who arrives Sunday on a visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority. The French leader will be accompanied by French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius. In an interview with the Le Figaro newspaper, Netanyahu said the French president is a close friend of the state of Israel and he looks forward to hosting him at a time when the major powers, including France, are discussing ways to halt the Iranian nuclear program.... [Lire la suite]
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15 novembre 2013

US officials: Deal would only grant Iran minor sanctions relief

US administration officials say Iran would get only minor relief from economic sanctions under an international proposal to prevent it from producing nuclear weapons. The two unnamed officials were quoted by the Associated Press. One official familiar with the negotiations said the sanctions relief being offered to Iran was "way south" of what the official termed "wildly exaggerated" estimates that have been reported, which have ranged from 15 to 50 billion dollars. Another official who is familiar with details of the sanctions relief... [Lire la suite]
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15 novembre 2013

Peres warns against feud with US over Iran diplomacy

President Shimon Peres urged Israelis on Friday to show respect for the United States, seeking to soothe relations with the country's most powerful ally that have been strained over Iran. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has condemned a proposal, endorsed by Washington, to reduce sanctions if Iran suspends parts of its nuclear programme. Several ministers have also harshly criticized Washington, prompting Peres to intervene. "We must not underestimate the importance of this friendship. There can be disagreements, but they must be... [Lire la suite]
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14 novembre 2013

Senator: Kerry briefing on Iran was 'fairly anti-Israeli'

Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry failed to convince the Senate Banking Committee not to toughen sanctions on Iran after testifying before the committee. Committee Chairman Sen. Tim Johnson, a South Dakota Democrat, said he has yet to decide on the matter. Sen. Chuck Schumer said he was “dubious” about the deal, is exploring “further details” but “is worried “that we are reducing sanctions while Iran is not reducing its nuclear capabilities.” While democrats remained cautious so as not to directly challenge... [Lire la suite]
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14 novembre 2013

Bennett: Israel interested in diplomatic solution to nuclear Iran

Economy Minister Naftali Bennett delivered a speech on Thursday to the Brookings Institution in Washington, saying that Israel was in great support of a diplomatic solution to the issue of nuclear Iran, seeing as "if Iran achieves a nuclear weapon, we will be their first target." He nevertheless added that if the Islamic republic indeed managed to achieve nuclear weapon, Israel "will not be their last target," as the Iranians are capable of reaching Rome, Madrid, London and New York.The minister stressed that economic sanctions must... [Lire la suite]
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12 novembre 2013

Lieberman: Israel needs US in current global climate

"Israel's relations with the United States are a cornerstone and without them we cannot make our way in the current global climate," said Avigdor Lieberman a day after being sworn in as foreign minister.Addressing the heightened tensions between Jerusalem and Washington over the proposed deal between Iran and world powers, he said, "My first work meeting this morning was with Ambassador Dan Shapiro. "Natural disagreements should not be heard on the outside as they have been. I think it's important to issue an 'all clear' signal and we... [Lire la suite]
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