Israel Political Brief March 7, 2012: Israel cautiously welcomes Western nuclear talks with Iran



Israel cautiously welcomes Western nuclear talks with Iran

National Security Adviser Yaakov Amidror: There will be no one happier than Israel if Iran gives up its military nuclear capability through talks.

Source: Haaretz, 3-7-12

Israel on Wednesday cautiously welcomed the planned resumption of big-power nuclear talks with Iran, insisting that Tehran be denied the means to turn uranium into bomb fuel.

With Israel speaking increasingly loudly of resorting to military action to prevent Iran from gaining nuclear weapons, the talks could provide some respite in a crisis that has driven up oil prices and threatened to draw the United States into its third major war in a decade.

Benjamin Netanyahu March 7, 2012 (GPO) Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at Ben-Gurion Airport after returning from North America trip, March 7, 2012.
Photo by: Amos Ben Gershom / GPO

Tuesday’s announcement of new talks followed a visit by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the United States, where President Barack Obama said the talks offered a diplomatic chance to quiet the “drums of war”.

“I’m very happy that they are opening discussions,” said Netanyahu’s national security adviser, Yaakov Amidror.

“There will be no one happier than us, and the prime minister said this in his own voice, if it emerges that in these talks Iran will give up on its military nuclear capability,” he told Israel Radio….READ MORE

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