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Emerging ‘bad deal’ with Iran
puts Israel on offensive


Netanyahu discusses Iran at the UN in 2012. (photo: Reuters)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continued in private meetings on Monday to express concern about an emerging “bad deal” between the world powers and Iran, a clear sign that his discussion with US President Barack Obama in Washington three weeks ago left him unconvinced.

Netanyahu repeated in private discussions on Monday the warning he gave publicly on Sunday – that an agreement is emerging that would “leave Iran as a nuclear threshold state, with thousands of centrifuges through which Iran can manufacture the material for a nuclear bomb within a short period of time.”

One government official said Netanyahu’s “No. 1 concern” is that an agreement – which the world powers and Tehran are trying to hammer out before a November 24 deadline – would leave Iran with enough centrifuges in place to allow it to hover above nuclear threshold status.

UN:
Uncertain if all Iranian nuke work is peaceful


Yukiya Amano with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Aug. 17. (photo: Reuters)

VIENNA — The head of the UN nuclear agency Yukiya Amano sounded a note of caution about Iran’s claims that it is not interested in nuclear arms, saying he cannot guarantee that all the country’s atomic activities are civilian in nature.

Though not new, Yukiya Amano’s comments Monday are significant amid a renewed deadlock in the 12-year probe by his International Atomic Agency of suspected nuclear weapons work by Iran.

One-fifth of incoming UN Security
Council has no ties with Israel


The UN Security Council on October 14. (photo: Reuters)

The United Nations voted in five countries last week to begin serving two-year stints on the Security Council, beginning on January 1. Although there was some good news for Israel in the results, most of it was bad.

The good news is that the Turkey of Israel-bashing President Recep Tayyip Erdogan failed in its bid for one of the five rotating, non-permanent seats, losing in balloting to Spain. The bad news is that of the five new members, two of them – Venezuela and Malaysia – do not even have diplomatic relations with Israel.

Egypt invites Israel, Palestinians to renew ceasefire talks

Egypt has invited Israel and the Palestinians to resume ceasefire negotiations in Cairo next week, nearly two months after the sides ended fighting in Gaza.

The talks would resume where a single day of negotiations left off in late September in Cairo, as the sides briefly convened ahead of several weeks of religious holidays.

US airdrops arms to Kurds in Syrian border town of Kobani


The battle in Kobani (photo: Reuters, Kai Pfaffenbach)

The US military said Sunday night it had airdropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to Kurdish forces defending the Syrian city of Kobani against Islamic State militants.

The airdrops Sunday were the first of their kind and followed weeks of US and coalition airstrikes in and near Kobani, near the Turkish border. The US said earlier Sunday that it had launched 11 airstrikes overnight in the Kobani area.

In a statement Sunday night, US Central Command said US C-130 cargo planes made multiple drops of arms and supplies provided by Kurdish authorities in Iraq. It said they were intended to enable continued resistance to Islamic State efforts to take full control of Kobani.

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