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(From Proclamation of the State of Israel, 5 Iyar 5708; 14 May 1948)

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Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Israel's Ambassador Taub Looks On The Sunni Side Of The Iran Deal

Israel's ambassador in London, Daniel Taub, has been speaking to The Independent newspaper about the Geneva deal on Iran:
“Our concern is that this deal doesn’t provide everything that’s necessary. We look at the deal and we see that the entire mechanism, the infrastructure that’s been established, by deceit, under the nose [of the International Atomic Energy Agency] is really left intact. Not a single centrifuge is dismantled, not a single aspect of the Arak plutonium heavy water reactor, not a single aspect of the military aspect of the programme is actually dismantled. It all remains in place.
The 10,200 centrifuge that were spinning on the eve of the agreement will still be spinning on the day after the agreement.
Our fundamental concern is that at the end of this six-month period… Iran is not going to be further away from being a nuclear weapons
state – it might actually be closer to it. We’re troubled by what’s in the agreement; we’re troubled by differences. One of the things that is troubling to us is that within less than a day of the signing of this agreement there seemed to be a fairly fundamental difference of interpretation between Iran and the negotiators over the right of enrichment .... If there’s such a fundamental difference on principle, then what are we going to do when it comes to issues of practice?...."
However, he also told the paper that concern at the prospect of a nuclear Iran on the part of the Sunni states presents Israel with "a moment of opportunity" to forge links.

Read the report here

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