The talks between the P5+1 and Iran are stirring up an already bubbling cauldron in the Middle East. The US’ position in the region is going to change in the next few years, though how that change manifests remain to be seen. One thing is certain, and that is that a deal between the United States and Iran is desired by both of those parties and scares the hell out the US’ closest regional allies, Israel and Saudi Arabia. I explore in this week’s column at Souciant.
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This article originally appeared at LobeLog.
The trick to finding an agreement between the P5+1 world powers and Iran has become clear: keep Israel and Saudi Arabia out of the room. (But don’t expect them to be happy about it.)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is touring the globe now with his message of doom about an impending Iranian nuclear weapon. “It will be tragic if (Iran) succeeds in avoiding the sanctions,” Netanyahu said in Rome on Tuesday.
That statement comes on the heels of his Meet the Press appearance where he said: “I think the pressure has to be maintained on Iran, even increased on Iran, until it actually stops the nuclear program, that is, dismantles it.” (more…)
Posted in Iran, Israel, Palestine, United States, tagged Barack Obama, Benjamin Netanyahu, Bill Clinton, Hassan Rouhani, Iran, Israel, Mahmoud Abbas, Michael Corleone, Middle east, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Occupied Territories, Oslo Accords, Palestine, The Godfather, United Nations, United States, West Bank, Yasir Arafat on September 27, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
The various UN General Assembly speeches this week, along with some other recent developments in Israel, Iran and the Occupied Palestinian Territories indicate some shifts in the US approach to the Middle East. Among other things, these events have certainly shown that the “pivot to Asia” has moved far to the back burner. I explore where things are going with regard to Iran, Israel-Palestine and the United States in this week’s column at Souciant.
Posted in Iran, Israel, United States, tagged Anthony Cordesman, Barack Obama, Benjamin Netanyahu, Charm Offensive, eliot engel, Emergency Committee for Israel, Hassan Rouhani, Holocaust Denial, iran nuclear program, Iran nuclear talks, Israel, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, nuclear, The Real Rouhani, UNGA, United Nations General Assembly, US-Iran relations on September 25, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Israel, tagged Ahad Ha'am, Avigdor Lieberman, David Ben-Gurion, Ha'aretz, Israel, Israeli Arabs, Jews, Judah magnes, Martin Buber, Multiculturalism, Naftali Bennett, Natzrat Ilit, Nazareth, Palestinians, Racism, Shimon Gafsou, Theodor Herzl, Upper Nazareth, Zionism on August 9, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
The mayor of Upper Nazareth, Shimon Gafsou, is campaigning for re-election on an openly racist platform, even by the standards set by the likes of Avigdor Lieberman and Naftali Bennett. His openly racist statements bring out some uncomfortable but crucial truths about Israel and why a resolution of the conflict with the Palestinians has been so hard to reach for. I explore this week in Souciant.