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Israel’s leaders divided over Iranian nuclear deal

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 28, 2013

The interim agreement signed in Geneva in the early hours of Sunday morning was met with a mixture of derision and alarm by most of Israel’s political leadership. However, former intelligence chiefs and President Shimon Peres gave the deal a much more nuanced reception.

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Charedi ‘Taliban’ flee for Iran — but wash up in motel

By David Lazarus, November 28, 2013

Forty families from ultra-Orthodox cult Lev Tahor last week relocated from Quebec province to adjacent Ontario amid reports that some of its members were due to appear in court over alleged child abuse and refusal to obey Quebec’s education guidelines.

The group, led by rabidly anti-Zionist leader Shlomo Helbrans, numbered about 200 and included more than 100 children.

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Cameron: we are not starry-eyed on Iran

By Marcus Dysch, November 28, 2013

David Cameron has moved to reassure supporters of Israel and British Jewry following the Iranian nuclear deal struck in Geneva this week.

Speaking at a Chanucah reception in Downing Street on Wednesday evening, the Prime Minister said he shared the “scepticism and worry” felt over the interim agreement to curb Iran’s nuclear programme and lift some sanctions.

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Iran deal: should we embrace it?

By Lawrence Freedman and Saeed Ghasseminejad, November 28, 2013

YES by Lawrence Freedman

It is possible to imagine a better deal — it always is in a negotiation — but, in practice, this outcome exceeded expectations.

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Hague says Iran deal 'enhances Middle East security'

By Sandy Rashty, November 25, 2013

Foreign Secretary William Hague defended the Iran nuclear deal in a speech to Parliament today.

He described the six month deal - to curb Iran's nuclear programme and lift some sanctions - as a “significant step towards enhancing the security of the Middle East and preventing nuclear proliferation worldwide.

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Obama tries to placate Netanyahu after Iran deal

By Charlotte Oliver, November 25, 2013

Barack Obama reiterated the United States’ “commitment to Israel” yesterday, following Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s outrage over the international community’s nuclear deal with Iran.

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Nuclear deal with Iran fading

By Rosa Doherty, November 22, 2013

World powers are struggling to reach a provisional deal with Iran to limit its nuclear programme.

As talks in Geneva moved into a third day, Iran insisted it would not sign an agreement that did not have specific guarantees of its right to enrich uranium.

Iran’s deputy foreign minister, Abbas Araqchi, said: “We are working on narrowing the gaps but the gaps are still there.”

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Iran says Israel was behind embassy bomb blast

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 21, 2013

At least 25 people, including an Iranian diplomat, were killed and 160 wounded in Beirut on Tuesday morning in a double bomb attack outside the Iranian embassy.

A group with links to al Qaeda took responsibility for the attack.

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Iran talks: closing in on a deal

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 21, 2013

The third round of nuclear talks between Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council along with Germany began on Wednesday amid growing expectations that, this time, an agreement will be signed before the talks break up. While the round is scheduled to end on Friday night, all sides are prepared to continue into the weekend.

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Foreign Secretary William Hague hopes Israel will be included in nuclear talks

By Marcus Dysch, November 20, 2013

Foreign Secretary William Hague has said he hopes that Israel will join an international conference aimed at creating a nuclear weapons-free Middle East.

Mr Hague said there had been a “small amount of progress” made by Britain in attempting to convene a session including countries from across the region before the end of the year.

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