cue the lightning bolts

the only question that matters: is it true?

Iran has signed the NPT. As a signatory to the NPT, Iran may rightfully, legally, use nuclear technology for peaceful energy purposes. Iran has submitted to and passed repeated IAEA inspections. The US intelligence community (NIE) does not consider Iran a nuclear threat. Israel refuses to sign the NPT. Israel has an estimated several hundred undeclared nuclear weapons. Russia and China have warned that an attack on Iran will have global consequences. That's the situation in a nutshell. Where to next, people? Where to?

Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth? - Galatians 4:16


talking points continue

1. Bibi and Ehud split over Iran draft - gasp

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak are at odds on a draft proposal handed to Iran by six world powers. Israeli Ynet newspaper learned Friday that while Netanyahu supports the draft, Barak opposes it.

Barak's office told Ynet that despite his declarations of support for the deal during a meeting with US special envoy George Mitchell, he has maintained the position he took last week. "This deal will (take Iran's nuclear program) back a year, but it will also result in the legitimization of its uranium enrichment for civilian purposes. The uranium enrichment by Iran must be stopped altogether," said the defense minister said during a presidential conference in occupied Jerusalem.

The Iranian issue is expected to come up at a planned meeting between Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama next week, however it remains unclear which stance Israel will take. Sources affiliated with the prime minister say the proposal is a positive step in getting Iran “to stick to civilian purposes in its nuclear plan”.

"Israel has seen this as a positive move from the beginning, but it has decided to keep a low profile. Now, as Iran evades the offered deal, the prime minister has publicly announced his position," one source said.

source: al manar tv

2. WH rushing the process for Israel

WASHINGTON - The United States warned on Friday that Iran did not have unlimited time to accept a UN-drafted deal with global powers on its nuclear program, as reports said Tehran wanted more talks on the offer.

Washington increased the pressure for Iran's response to the package, which proposes shipping out low-enriched uranium (LEU) from Iran to be converted into fuel for a Tehran reactor.

"The president's time is not unlimited, this was not about talking for the sake of talking," said White House spokesman Robert Gibbs.

read more @ middle east online

3. useless posturing from Abbas

GAZA CITY, October 31 (RIA Novosti) - Palestinians will not resume peace talks with Israel until it freezes settlement construction on the West Bank, a Palestinian official said on Saturday ahead of a meeting with the top U.S. diplomat.

Hillary Clinton is due to meet with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in the Persian Gulf city of Abu Dhabi on Saturday before traveling to Israel for a meeting with Prime Minister Benjamen Netanyahu and other officials. The meetings are part of Washington's efforts to get the two sides back to the negotiating table.

"The resumption of talks is impossible... without Israel acknowledging a need to freeze settlement construction," Nabil Abu Rudeina said as quoted by the Palestinian official WAFA agency.

read more @ ria novosti

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