From Debka this morning:
The rupture between the US and Israel over Iran’s nuclear program widened further Friday, May 25 when Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak decided not to be available to hear the briefing brought to Jerusalem from Baghdad by Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman who headed the US delegation to the Six Power talks. The report she delivered to National Security Adviser Yaakov Amidror and Foreign Ministry Director-General Rafi Barak was that no progress had been achieved in Baghdad due to Iran’s refusal to budge on its “right” to enrich uranium at low (3.5-5 percent) or high (20 percent) levels or shut down the Fordo nuclear plant near Qom.
Although the participants agreed to reconvene in Moscow in three weeks, the Iranian delegation stressed there would be no progress until the US and the other five world powers (Britain, France, Russia, Germany and China) recognized Iran’s absolute “right” as a signatory of the Non-Proliferation Treaty to enrich uranium.
Meanwhile, every day spent on diplomacy is thoroughly exploited by Iran to zip ahead with its nuclear plans.
Iran knowing that it has a sympathetic ear in the chief empty suit PLUS the fact that he is busy meddling in back channels KNOWS it has the idiot by the nose and now can lead him along as long as they want — wherever they want. Iran’s hope that in using back channels that it would sever ties (weak as they are/were) between Israel and USA but more specifically between Netanyahu and Obama. Iran believes if it can get Israel to act before the US election that it will actually isolate Israel further and the key to that isolation is away from US. HOWEVER if Israel would hold out and the US election results in the replacement of the the CES – then Iran is in a FAR WORSE spot because it will undoubtedly be looking at a fierce Israel supporter and one that is willing to crush Iran with military might. Israel knows that each day Iran is left alone to continue working, results in a day closer to their ultimate unstated goal.
A wild card in this whole thing is the arrogance of CES. Will the arrogance take him down the road of being a back channel baby believing he alone can bring peace or will it go that he will become obnoxious at the inability of Iran to realize that he is right and that they need to do what he says?
What would you do if you were Netanyahu?