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Report: Obama Adviser Valerie Jarrett is Leading Secret Talks With Iran

November 5, 2012 8:11 am 13 comments

President Barack Obama and Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett chat outside the Oval Office in the White House.

Just weeks after the New York Times reported that the United States and Iran had agreed to one-on-one nuclear talks, and the Obama Administrations’ subsequent denial, Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot reported today that “senior officials in Jerusalem know of secret negotiations taking place between the sides for several months,” and that the talks were initiated by, and are headed by, senior adviser to President Barack Obama, Valerie Jarrett, who was born in Iran.

“According to senior sources in Israel,” writes the paper, “the attorney from Chicago serves as the American president’s personal envoy for contacts with representatives of the spiritual leader Khamenei.”

Whilst striving to minimize the communication, the White House did subsequently acknowledge that talks were talking place through a secret channel, stressing however that no meetings were arranged between the sides.

According to the Israeli sources cited by Yediot, Jarrett served, “as the direct and personal envoy of the president to the secret meeting with the Iranians which apparently were held in one of the Persian Gulf emirates, most likely in Bahrain.”

The initial New York Times report claimed that the secret communications were aimed at opening direct talks. “At the Iranians request, the (direct) talks will open – if they open – after the US elections and only if Obama is reelected,” concludes the report.

13 Comments

  • Yet another blatant actipn by Netanyahu to intervene in the US elections.

  • This is exactly what we hope would occur and as has been noted by another commenter goes back decades. In order to make any progress in anything there has to be dialogue. For years the Israeli government has been doing the same thing. While not a panacea it is surely not a bad thing.

  • Jarrett is carring out President Obama’s “no precondition talks”. (1/21/09)

  • I know Iran is NOT a muslim country, but Israel’s enemies that surround her are and they march to Iran’s drumming.

    • Iran is in FACT a Muslim nation. Their “religion” is Islam.

    • Hey! “Fortune”! Sometimes it is actually good to know a little something about the topic that you volunteer to address. Iran is officially the “Islamic Republic of Iran.” Moreover, the religion of Islam is indeed the guiding political ideology of the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran. This is directly relevant for a variety of reasons, including the bizarre circumstance that the current USA President, Barack Hussein Obama practiced the Islamic religion for the first ten years of his life in Indonesia, and subsequently always kept close ties with Muslims, as he still does to this very day. Is this the kind of strong, unbiased leadership that Americans want for difficult upcoming USA decisions touching the Islamic Republic of Iran? How can a former Muslim and a philo-Muslim be trusted to manage America’s tough negotiations with the Islamic Republic of Iran? And make no mistake! Public opinion polls confirm that Iran is the foreign country that most Americans now regard to be the USA’s most dangerous adversary. Better course is to elect Mitt Romney to do the job!

  • Because I care, I dare! Yes, on U.S. election day eve.

    Remember when we were told to watch Fox News on a Sunday night that was going to air something about Obama and we watched but never saw anything!

    Well, read below and click on the video to see why it got pulled before it could air.

    Now we know why Fox News never broadcast it as they had originally planned to. This piece was pulled.

    *This is the clip that got pulled due to pressure from the Administration.*

    Obama Puts Heat on Fox News to Prevent Sean Hannity from airing this piece.

    *This is a video that Sean Hannity of FOX News has been trying to show that we are told has consistently been blocked by the Obama Administration for several weeks.

    It was a matter of time until the internet picked it up.*

    *Watch it now before it gets pulled from the internet!*
    http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=tCAffMSWSzY#t=28

  • Robert M Soran-Schwartz

    Facts:
    1. There always existed – since Reagan (remember his Iran-Contra affair and Oliver North?)under each president – secret contacts and talks between middlemen for the U.S. presidents and the Iranian Supreme Leadership.
    2. The activities of Valerie Jarett started at the beginning of the year, they are nothing new.
    3. Israeli officials know almost from the very beginning about the contacts and talks. The “news” from Yediot Aharonot are since long no news anymore. The “5+1″ also knows about them….
    4. Yediot is publishing this not-new-news on behalf of and on order from the Israeli PM’s office. It is the latest Netanyahu attempt to indirectly intervene and directly influence the Presidential Elections against President Obama.

    • 1. Not news to anyone over 40

      2. Not news to those of us who know her and her boss

      3. Not news to המוסד למודיעין ולתפקידים מיוחדים”Ž

      4. I would expect nothing less and am very pleased

    • Pat Stricklin

      I certainly hope Netanyahu’s strategy works – it’s not nearly as devious and dishonest – full of lies – as the Obama camp has been spreading…

    • Hooray for Netanyahu!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • SO WHAT!!

    • Replying to Soran-Schwartz: Imputing “improper” motives to Netanyahu without any proof of his complicity? More to the point is to ask — why does this important information have to come from an Israel paper but not from the likes of CBS and NBC? Cannot the USA media do a proper job any longer! In any event, far better to have this “Neville Chamberlain” Obama story right out in the open now while there is still time enough to vote Obama out of office. Take another look at President Obama’s June 4, 2009 Cairo speech. The implication there is that President Obama is thinking about betraying Israel in the same way that Chamberlain betrayed Czechoslovakia in September 1938. Obama’s dream is to make a grand bargain in the Middle East. He would probably be disposed to force Israel to cede territory to the Palestinians and trade off Israel’s nuclear weapons for those that Iran is now trying to develop. From the very beginning, a publicly philo-Muslim Obama has been consistently moving the pieces on the board to “set up” Israel for a strategic defeat. From an Israel perspective, I can only hope that Mitt Romney will assume the presidency in January 2013. If not, I tremble for the future of Israel and the Jewish People.

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