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Friday, January 04, 2013

Good news: Iran has not crossed the nuclear red line... yet

Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke on Thursday to the same group of Israeli diplomats who were chewed out by National Security Council Chief Yaacov Amidror earlier in the week. Netanyahu told the diplomats that Iran has not crossed the nuclear red line... yet.
"Iran remains the number one threat," Netanyahu said, adding that there was a chance for positive change if Iran was prevented from getting a nuclear weapon.
Netanyahu said in the short term he expected the regional tribulations to continue.
Netanyahu was accompanied to the meeting by his national security advisor, Yaakov Amidror, who chastised the envoys when he addressed them earlier this week for asking critical questions of Israel's decision to announce construction plans beyond the Green Line in response to the Palestinians' successful upgrade bid at the UN in November. Amidror said that the envoys could either faithfully represent the government's decisions, or resign.
Ministry officials said that the incident did not come up during the meeting with Netanyahu, though the prime minister did address the issue of E1, saying that what was stopping any progress along the diplomatic front with the Palestinians was not an announcement of planning for E1, but rather the Palestinian refusal to recognize Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state within any borders.
Netanyahu warned that Hamas could take control "any day" of the Palestinian Authority , and therefore "concrete security arrangements" needed to be included in any agreement, as well as a  recognition of Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people, an end to the  "right of return" claim,  and an honest declaration of an end-of-conflict declaration.
Netanyahu cited an editorial in The Washington Post on Wednesday to support his assertion that the E1 announcement was not the barrier to progress on the diplomatic front.
What could go wrong?

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