How US Diplomatic Strategy Gave Netanyahu Leverage

By: Sunday February 22, 2015 2:00 pm

The latest public spat between the Obama administration and the Netanyahu government centres on Israeli leaks of details of the US negotiating position in the Iran nuclear talks and the US consequently reducing its consultation with Israel on the talks.

Washington Post columnist David Ignatius divulged some of the details of the quarrel this week. It involves the alleged leak to an Israeli journalist of an Obama administration proposal that would “allow Iran to enrich uranium with 6,500 or more centrifuges as part of a final deal,” according to Ignatius.

The immediate issue was White House anger over Netanyahu’s taking advantage of the information on the US negotiating stance to interfere – again – in US domestic politics. But the Ignatius account also provides further evidence that the Obama administration still feels it necessary to clear every significant diplomatic move on Iran with Netanyahu, whose openly declared aim is to prevent any agreement from being reached.

 

MENA Mashup: I/P Peace Farce, Egypt, Iran, and Turkey

By: Tuesday April 1, 2014 7:20 pm

Looking at the Israeli actions… Israel puts in tenders for more settler units in the east Jerusalem. As talk of releasing Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard infuriates US intel community.

Late Night: MENA Mashup

By: Saturday March 1, 2014 8:00 pm

IAEA denies Israeli accusations of concealing report on Iran’s nuclear program.

MENA Mashup: AIPAC, CIA, the Deep State, and, the House of Saud

By: Sunday February 23, 2014 12:00 pm

Pepe Escobar has also been screaming about the House of Saud’s recent perfidy… Warning: Saudi mayhem ahead

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Gareth Porter, Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare

By: Sunday February 16, 2014 1:59 pm

In his precise and definitive account, Porter dissects the politics of the Iranian nuclear scare – how the U.S. national security complex needed a new threat after the collapse of the Soviet Union, how Israeli politicians invoked the “existential” threat from Iran to deflect attention from the Palestinian issue, how the Iranians, though rejecting the notion of building a bomb, nevertheless believed that a nuclear enrichment program would be a “latent deterrent” against threats from outside.

MENA Mashup: AIPAC, Bibi, Karzai, and Syria

By: Wednesday November 27, 2013 7:05 pm

Never underestimate the sheer might of AIPAC, Bibi, and the Neocons…!

MENA Mashup: AIPAC, The Grey Lady, Iran, and the P5+1

By: Sunday November 17, 2013 12:00 pm

Meanwhile, there’s a Battle Royal happening in the Halls of Congress and DC.

Syria Mashup: ‘Group Think’, House of Saud, and The UN

By: Saturday September 14, 2013 10:40 am

Let’s remember that Putin submitted his own evidence to the UN, and, Assad has too.

Elias Groll vs. Ghouta, Syria’s ‘most plausible hypothesis’

By: Thursday September 5, 2013 6:30 pm

Though discussing evidence (‘Why don’t you show us the evidence, Mr. Kerry?’) and assertions and plausibility does not matter to the Congressional dolts who will vote for their owners in a few days, it does matter to those attempting to keep resistance strong. In that light, I’ve noticed that the most plausible account of what happened in Ghouta, based on evidence and not assertions, is that there was an accidental release of chemical weapons agents by the rebels. Good to know the learned and insightful Diana Johnstone is thinking along the same lines.

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