Israel turns cold shoulder on big-power nuclear talks with Iran


Wendy Sherman, head of the US delegation to last week’s Kazakhstan six-power nuclear talks with Iran, arrived in Jerusalem Friday, March 1 with a report on the session. She was not received by cabinet ministers – only National Security Adviser Yakov Amidror.  In his briefing to the cabinet Sunday, Binyamin Netanyahu stressed that Israel stands by its refusal to have any truck with the six-power-versus-Iran diplomatic track because for Tehran it is nothing but a device to carry on uranium enrichment free of interference. The Sherman report, said Netanyahu, confirmed this was happening and Iran was getting nearer to its goal.

Turning to the stalled coalition negotiations, the prime minister commented: “As our enemies get together – not just to eventually build nuclear arms for aiming against us, but also stockpiling another type of WMD (ballistic missiles, chemical weapons), we are obliged to unite and gather all our strength for repulsing these menaces. Unfortunately, this is not happening.”


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