Obama Ready to Concede to Iran on Uranium Enrichment (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu 04/30/12)
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President Barack Obama is prepared to make a major concession to Iran
on uranium enrichment while The New York Times says analysts
downgrade the chance of war. The newspaper cited dissension in Israel
over a military strike, tighter sanctions and hints of Iranian
flexibility as reasons for optimism.
The readiness by President Obama to support Iran’s continuing
enrichment of uranium to concentrations of 5 percent is in direct
opposition to the position of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who
told CNN earlier this month, “They have to stop all enrichment,"
including even 3 percent grade uranium.
The Obama administration now is willing to allow 5 percent enrichment
if Iran were to take other major steps to curb its ability to develop
a nuclear bomb,” The Los Angeles Times reported Monday. The “other
steps” apparently refer to inspection by United Nations officials and
Iran already is producing 20 percent enrich uranium, less than the 90
percent needed for fuel for a nuclear bomb but enough to cut by more
than half the time needed to enrich to levels above 90 percent.
The proposed concession by President Obama might suit him well
politically against de facto presidential candidate Mitt Romney. He
probably will oppose the concession as another sign of weakness while
the president may be able count on support from an American public
more concerned with the domestic economy than with foreign affairs.
The New York Times, which generally takes a conciliatory line on Iran
and Hamas, quoted former Obama administration diplomat Dennis Ross as
saying, “While there isn’t an agreement between the U.S. and Israel
on how much time, there is an agreement that there is some time to
give diplomacy a chance,”
He added, “It doesn’t mean the threat of using force goes away, but
it lies behind the diplomacy.”
The newspaper stated that the Obama administration thinks that talks
two weeks ago in Turkey between Iran and Western leaders left the
United States with a more optimistic outlook that Iran will be more
flexible to solve the crisis over its unsupervised nuclear
President Obama intends to introduce tighter economic sanctions on
Iran by July 1. American officials believe the looming threat of
tighter economic sanctions convinced the Iranians to take the
negotiations more seriously, and that in turn has reduced the threat
“We are in a period now where the combination of diplomacy and
pressure is giving us a window,” one administration official was
quoted as saying.
The hawkish camp points out that Iran has a history of not keeping
its word while conducting a policy of dragging out talks and
negotiations in order to buy time for proceeding with development
towards nuclear capability.
A policy of skepticism towards Iran is being undermined by dissension
in Israel, stoked by openly harsh comments by former Israel Security
Agency (Shin Bet) chief Yuval Diskin. He flatly charged that Defense
Minister Ehud Barak and Prime Minister Netanyahu cannot be trusted to
determine policies on Iran, and opined that a military attack on Iran
could actually spur it to accelerate its nuclear program.
In addition, IDF Chief of Benny Gantz told an Israeli newspaper last
week that he agrees with officials in the Obama administration that
Iran has not yet decided to build a nuclear bomb. (IsraelNationalNews
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