Israel Political Brief April 16, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu: Talks with Iran Have Given it a ‘Freebie’

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Netanyahu: Talks with Iran Have Given it a ‘Freebie’

PM Netanyahu meets U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman, warns against Iran using talks to further advance its nuclear program.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu addressed on Sunday the latest round of talks between Iran and six world powers, which were held in Turkey over the weekend.

Netanyahu, who met with U.S. Senator (ID-CT) Joe Lieberman, warned against Iran using the opportunity to advance its nuclear weapons program.

On Saturday, the European Union’s foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, said the talks have been constructive and that the sides will meet again in Baghdad on May 23.

Ashton said future talks will be guided by the “principle of a step-by-step approach and reciprocity.”

“My initial impression is that Iran has been given a freebie,” Netanyahu said during his meeting with Lieberman. “It’s got five weeks to continue enrichment without any limitation.”

He added, “I think Iran should take immediate steps. First, stop all enrichment, take out all the enriched material and dismantle the nuclear facility in Qom. I believe that the world’s greatest practitioner of terrorism must not have the opportunity to develop atomic bombs.”

Last week, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said it was now “urgent” for Iran to ease concerns over its nuclear program.

“We believe there is still time for diplomacy, but it is urgent that the Iranians come to the table to establish an environment conducive to achieving concrete results through a sustained process,” Clinton said.

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Israel Political Brief April 15, 2012: GOP Presidential Candidate Ron Paul Backs Jerusalem as Capital

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Ron Paul Backs Jerusalem as Capital

Texas Republican Ron Paul, known for wanting to cut aid to Israel and other nations, says Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.
 A sign for Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul

A sign for Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul
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Texas Republican Ron Paul, known for wanting to cut aid to Israel and other countries, has backed recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

“The real issue here is not what America wants, but what does Israel want,” Paul said, according to a transcript of a meeting with evangelical leaders obtained by Business Insider. “If Israel wants their capital to be Jerusalem, then the United States should honor that.”

The former presidential hopeful was considered by many Israeli supporters as being against the country because of his favoring curbing foreign aid to Israel. However, his view actually is the same to other countries, a policy that might leave Israel more independent of political pressure from the American government.

In his meeting with evangelical leaders, he was asked if he would sign, as president, an order carrying out the Congressional law that the American embassy be moved to Jerusalem. The law contains a waiver, exercised by presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama, that moving the embassy can be postponed for “national security reasons.”

“How would we like it if some other nation said, ‘We decided to recognize New York City as your capital instead, so we will build our embassy there?'” he added.

Paul’s senior advisor Doug Wead told Business Insider. “We were floored” by his position on Jerusalem. “It sounds like pure Ron Paul, but it still caught us off guard…If someone would have asked him that in a national debate, I suppose it would have popped right out, but nobody did.”…READ MORE

Israel Political Brief April 15, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Remarks, About the Talks on the Iranian Nuclear Issue, at the Start of Meeting with US Sen. Joe Lieberman

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PM Netanyahu’s Remarks, About the Talks on the Iranian Nuclear Issue, at the Start of his Meeting with US Sen. Joe Lieberman

Source: PMO, 4-15-12

Photo by GPO

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the following remarks, about the talks on the Iranian nuclear issue, earlier today at the start of his meeting with US Senator (ID-CT) Joe Lieberman:

“My initial impression is that Iran has been given a ‘freebie.’  It has got five weeks to continue enrichment without any limitation, any inhibition.  I think Iran should take immediate steps to stop all enrichment, take out all enrichment material and dismantle the nuclear facility in Qom.  I believe that the world’s greatest practitioner of terrorism must not have the opportunity to develop atomic bombs.”

Israel Political Brief April 15, 2012: Jonathan Pollard moved from hospital to prison

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Pollard moved from hospital to prison

Source: JTA, 4-15-12

Jonathan Pollard was transferred from a federal hospital to his prison cell.

Pollard, who reportedly was rushed to a hospital outside of the prison on the eve of Passover suffering from an unspecified emergency condition, was returned to Butner Federal Correctional Complex in North Carolina on Sunday, according to the Justice for Jonathan Pollard organization.

Pollard was permitted to make a short call to his wife, Esther, who reported that he sounded weak and it seemed hard for him to speak, according to the organization.

Esther Pollard told her husband that Israeli President Shimon Peres had appealed personally to President Obama to grant clemency to the convicted spy for Israel. Peres has not received an official reply to his letter, according to his office.

Pollard asked his wife to thank Peres and urge him not to back down.

Pollard has suffered from a variety of illnesses since being imprisoned for life in 1986.

“He has been returned to his unit in the prison, where he is compelled to work no matter how weak or sick he may feel,” Esther Pollard said in a statement. “He is not receiving much-needed follow-up medical care. It is only a matter of time until the next medical crisis occurs.”

She added, “I fear for his life if he remains in prison.”

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