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February 19, 2013 5:10 pm

Despite Silence on Upcoming Talks, Israel’s Position on Iran is Clear

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President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu during a bilateral meeting. Photo: White House.

Iran is expected to meet with world powers on February 26th in Kazakhstan to discuss its nuclear program, discussions Israel has little hope will be successful. Considering the gloomy outlook, what will Israel want out of the talks? According to Al-Monitor, despite Israel’s silence at the moment, its demands will be clear: The Jewish state will want the Obama administration and the European Union “to cast responsibility on [the] Iranians by blaming them for the talks’ failure in the clearest way possible.”

Al-monitor also reports that Israel will want the countries to make  “it perfectly clear that slogans such as ‘negotiations can’t go on forever,’ while the Iranians continue to arm themselves, are not mere rhetoric. They want them to act once the talks have failed, and in a way so severe that the Iranians themselves realize that they have gone too far, and that they face a greater threat than just Israeli military action. As far as the Israelis are concerned, the message should be that this time the entire West is threatening military action.”

Israel is maintaining its stance that  “a credible American military option”  is the ” only way that [President Obama] will be able to curb the uranium-enrichment program and prevent war.”

One recent development that Israel can point to is North Korea’s third nuclear test — a test which proved that the West’s vacillation can have dire consequences. Israel, however, unlike North Korea’s enemies South Korea and Japan, will be unwilling to accept a threat so close at hand. As Al-Monitor notes, “The Israelis will not live in constant fear of an enemy they perceive as committed to radicalism, nor will they allow for international condemnations to replace real measures.”

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