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Cornered but unbound by nuclear pact, Israel
reconsiders military action against Iran

IDF fighter jets over Tel Aviv
(photo: IDF)

Israeli official cites "sunset clause" in proposed comprehensive deal, which guarantees Iran a path into the nuclear club and may corner Israel into war.

Historic negotiations with Iran will reach an inflection point on Monday, as world powers seek to clinch a comprehensive deal that will, to their satisfaction, end concerns over the nature of its vast, decade-old nuclear program. But sharing details of the deal under discussion with The Jerusalem Post on the eve of deadline, Israel has issued a stark, public warning to its allies with a clear argument: Current proposals guarantee the perpetuation of crisis, backing Israel into a corner from which military force against Iran provides the only logical exit.

On Saturday afternoon, reports from Vienna suggested the P5+1— the US, United Kingdom, France, Russia, China and Germany— are willing to stop short of demanding full disclosure of any secret weapon work by Tehran.

Iran nuke talks stalled, despite Kerry efforts

(photo: AP, Ronald Zak)

Contentious nuclear talks between world powers and Tehran hit a new snag Friday after Iran apparently again turned down U.S. demands for concessions, leaving negotiations in limbo just three days before a deadline for a deal.

In hours of high drama reflecting the delicate stage of the talks, both U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif first made, then cancelled plans to walk away from the talks — at least temporarily — for additional consultations.

UN calls for flexibility in Iran
talks as Kerry, Zarif meet

Iranian FM Mohammad Javad Zarif, former EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton and John Kerry
(photo: AFP/POOL, Ronald Zak)

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday urged world powers and Iran to show flexibility in last-ditch negotiations to reach a deal on addressing concerns over Tehran’s nuclear program.

At the same time, top diplomats from the US, Iran and Europe wrapped up a trilateral meeting as diplomatic efforts for a pact before Monday’s deadline ramped up.

Ban said a deal on Iran’s nuclear capacities would contribute to world peace and security “at a time when global cooperation is needed more than ever.”

Merkel against unilaterally recognizing a Palestinian state

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday rejected the idea of Germany recognizing a Palestinian state unilaterally, saying the Palestinians and Israel could solve their long-running conflict only through negotiations. Since the 28 EU member states would need to decide unanimously on recognizing a Palestinian state, Merkel's objection mounts to a veto on the subject.

The aim should be that both sides agree on a two-state solution - Israel and a future 'Palestine' - co-existing side by side, Merkel told a news conference in Berlin after meeting Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel.

"Therefore from our point of view, any unilateral recognition of the Palestinian state would not move us forward on the way to a two-state solution," the conservative chancellor said.

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