Iran

Saudis and Bahrain ‘more worried than Israel’ about Obama’s Iran diplomacy

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 3, 2013

The beginning of a thaw in relations between Iran and the West is not only worrying Israel, it is also a matter of concern for Iran’s Arab neighbours.

Both Israel and several Gulf states are concerned that sanctions may be lifted without receiving clear and verifiable assurances that Iran is no longer pursuing nuclear weapons.

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Obama is in la-la land over Iran

By Melanie Phillips, October 3, 2013

Everyone is acting precisely according to the script. The fanatical Ayatollah Khamanei, the sole real power in Iran, has manoeuvred the West into the end-game.

Just as foretold, his cipher, the new Iranian president Hassan Rouhani, has presented himself falsely as the voice of moderation.

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With a smile, Rouhani has forced an Israeli strike off the table

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 3, 2013

The past two weeks at the United Nations General Assembly in New York have been a carefully choreographed dance between three performers.

In the first act, the American and Iranian presidents both set out the very basic parameters of a potential agreement on Iran’s nuclear pr+ogramme and warily made their first contact.

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Israelis arrests suspected Iranian spy

By Charlotte Oliver, September 30, 2013

An Iranian businessman with Belgian citizenship has been arrested for spying on Israel, it has been revealed.

Ali Mansouri was detained at Ben-Gurion International Airport on September 11 as he attempted to leave Israel for Belgium.

He had been spotted photographing the United States embassy in Tel Aviv and filming activity around the city.

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Netanyahu promises to “tell the truth” about Iran

By Charlotte Oliver, September 30, 2013

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu landed in Washington yesterday vowing to “tell the truth” about Iran.

Alarmed by thawing relations between Iran and the west, Mr Netanyahu said: “I will tell the truth in the face of the sweet talk and the onslaught of smiles.”

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Rouhani's UN speech is a 'cynical PR stunt', says Netanyahu

By Charlotte Oliver, September 25, 2013

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani's UN speech was nothing more than a public relations stunt, according to Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Mr Rouhani told the UN General Assembly that Iran’s nuclear programme posed no threat, and that sanctions imposed against his country violated its human rights. He added that his wished to engage with the West to ease tensions.

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Israel's necessary doubt over Obama's UN negotiations

September 24, 2013

Contrary to what is widely assumed, Israel would like nothing more than a diplomatic solution to the Middle East’s biggest problems.

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Can Iran's President Hassan Rouhani seduce Obama?

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 24, 2013

“Charm offensive” is the hackneyed phrase used in recent weeks to describe the intensive PR campaign being waged by Tehran on the Western media.

Small wonder that the office of Israeli Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu could not resist responding with a cliche of his own about Iran spinning the press and spinning centrifuges that enrich uranium.

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Netanyahu to meet Obama at the White House

By Sandy Rashty, September 18, 2013

US President Barack Obama will meet Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House this month to discuss Iran’s nuclear programme.

The meeting, which will take place in Washington on September 30, is expected to address Iran’s uranium fields, the ongoing crisis in Syria and two-state solution peace talks with the Palestinian Authority.

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Iranian president Rouhani may dismantle nuclear plant

By Charlotte Oliver, September 17, 2013

Iran may close its Fordow nuclear facility in exchange for a reduction in Western-imposed sanctions, Der Spiegel has reported.

Iran’s new President Hassan Rouhani is reportedly considering dismantling the uranium enrichment facility and allowing inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency to oversee the process.

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