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IRAN: Historic gambit at start of Geneva talks
Oct 16th, 2013 by Warren Swil

Nation with most at stake

is absent, can’t be ignored

New Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has been on a charm offensive. Click image to enlarge.

THE IRANIAN GOVERNMENT on Tuesday presented in Geneva an historic set of proposals to end the decade-long standoff over its nuclear weapons ambitions.
But, with the country’s economy on the verge of collapse, one vital player in any deal was absent: Israel.
Although U.S. officials were taking the proposal seriously, Israelis are sounding the alarm, calling it “a charm offensive” and warning Iran cannot be trusted.
The Israelis have to be heard because they have the means – and the will – to do something about it if they perceive the talks are a waste of time.
The question is, how much time will they wait?


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As US clout wanes in Middle East, threats mount (with video)

ISRAEL WEIGHS ATTACK IF IRAN DOESN’T HALT NUKE PROGRAM
For months, Israeli officials and media have been warning that Iran is on the threshold of attaining a nuclear capability.
It is no surprise that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is keeping all his options on the table. The only question remains how long Israeli patience will last. If diplomacy drags on for too long, an Israeli strike against Iran becomes ever more likely.
That would be a development with unknown but serious global repercussions.


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