‘Israel doesn’t have veto powers over Iran issue’


Western diplomat involved in nuclear talks makes it clear: Israel’s concerns taken seriously, but Netanyahu is out-of-step with other nations


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said this week that Iran’s new president was a “wolf in sheep’s clothing”, but he himself looked increasingly like a lone wolf as his allies seek to bring Tehran into the fold.

One Western diplomat involved in Iranian nuclear diplomacy described Netanyahu as “out of step” with the mood of detente and a former senior US official cautioned that Israel would be unlikely to secure all its demands in any negotiations.

A diplomat from one of the P5+1 countries directly involved in the negotiations with Tehran stressed that while Israel’s view was important, it did not have power of veto.

“Israel will not be in the room if and when a deal is done,” said the diplomat, who declined to be named. “We take Israeli concerns very seriously. But I have a feeling that Netanyahu is slightly out of step with other nations at the moment.”

Not a member of the international negotiating team, the Israeli leader nonetheless laid out his conditions for a deal, including shutting down all Iranian uranium enrichment facilities and shipping out all its stocks of fissile material.

A former US official cautioned that a comprehensive nuclear rollback on Iran’s side looks highly unlikely, meaning Netanyahu will have to calibrate his expectations.

“Negotiating means there will have to be some give on both sides,” said Gary Samore, until recently the top nuclear proliferation expert on Obama’s national security staff.

“I think it’s unlikely that we are in a position to dictate to the Iranians that they have to meet all of our demands.”

While Netanyahu still enjoys broad support at home for his unyielding approach, aides said he worried that Western powers, impressed by more clement rhetoric from new Iranian President Hassan Rohani, will “fumble the ball” and let Iran reach a point where it could rapidly put together a nuclear weapon.

Netanyahu has many friends in the US Congress and some of his key security officials believe that despite the reticence shown by lawmakers for action against Damascus, they would nonetheless rally to Israel’s support in a showdown with Iran.

  1. #1 by annebeck58 on 10/07/2013 - 9:34

    Yep, it is well past time that the world sees Bibi for what he is. And saying he is out of step is being very kind. He is a mentalcase and needs to be restrained.

  2. #2 by citizen T on 10/07/2013 - 9:34

    “….in a showdown with Iran'”. The way the world is moving into detente a showdown is highly unlikely.

    Prediction: More likely the future will see a non-stop nagging Israel until one day the tired superpower will turn around with a loud slap: “Shut the hell up b*tch. Lets take a look at YOUR stockpile”. From there it’ll just get more nasty for her.

  3. #3 by Todd Raine on 10/08/2013 - 9:34

    Take back your constitutional right to print, coin, and control your own money. We have the right. We are obligated to a constitution that saw the troubles coming. We owe the bankers nothing that was already ours! This money is ours! We want roads and dams? We want education that educates? We want arts to express ourselves? We want a culture to share with other cultures and peoples? We want a voice in our government? Take back Your constitution , and we will have this. Our framers saw Zion. Theirs was a hope in this world, that all of us might have peace. They gave us a voice, not the Internet. The constitution gives us a voice. Do not be silent now.

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