Bibi in me­dia blitz as Iran talks fal­ter

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY AN­SHEL PF­EF­FER

THE FI­NAL round of talks be­fore the dead­line for reach­ing a com­pre­hen­sive agree­ment on Iran’s nu­clear pro­gramme has en­tered a sec­ond week with­out any sign of a break­through.

Iran’s supreme leader, Ay­a­tol­lah Ali Khamenei, ac­cused Is­rael and the US on Mon­day of us­ing in­tim­ida­tory tac­tics in the talks be­tween the world pow­ers and the Is­lamic Repub­lic in Vi­enna.

“They make it seem like Is­rael wants to at­tack, but Amer­ica is stop­ping it: the good cop, bad cop trick,” he said.

While back­ing his ne­go­ti­at­ing team, Mr Khamenei warned his of­fi­cials that they should as­sume the talks were fail­ing and plan Iran’s econ­omy as if sanc­tions were to re­main in place.

Mean­while, the Is­raeli govern­ment cam­paigned to pre­vent a deal which could leave sig­nif­i­cant el­e­ments of Iran’s nu­clear pro­gramme un­touched.

Is­rael is con­cerned that Iran will be al­lowed to re­tain thou­sands of cen­trifuges which it has used to en­rich ura­nium, and that the is­sue of long-range mis­siles will not be ad­dressed.

Even though Iran is ex­pected to agree to curb en­rich­ment and the amount of en­riched ura­nium that it will hold, Is­raeli ex­perts fear that by keep­ing thou­sands of cen­trifuges, it will still be ca­pa­ble of achiev­ing nu­clear “break­out” — the quan­tity of highly-en­riched ura­nium nec­es­sary to make a bomb — at very short no­tice.

An Is­raeli del­e­ga­tion flew to Wash­ing­ton two weeks ago for emer­gency dis­cus­sions be­fore the re­sump­tion of talks with Iran last Wed­nes­day.

Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu em­barked on a me­dia blitz, giv­ing in­ter­views to news or­gan­i­sa­tions from all the coun­tries fac­ing Iran in the talks.

Is­raeli po­lice ar­rested Hassin Yussef Hasin Hal­ifa, a taxi driver from Ibillin in the Galilee, for the mur­der of 19-year-old Afula res­i­dent Shelly Dadon (above) one month ago. Hal­ifa al­legedly con­fessed to the crime

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