Iran sanctions relief proposal accentuates U.S.-Israel differences

( The latest P5+1 talks in Geneva ended with no deal between Western powers and Iran, but a U.S. offer to Iran of reduced sanctions in exchange for temporarily reduced uranium enrichment has accentuated America’s policy differences with Israel.

"Bizarre Bazaar," a political cartoon on negotiations with Iran by Nathan Moskowitz.

According to the U.S. deal, Iran would reportedly receive sanctions relief if it suspended high-grade uranium enrichment (20 percent) for six months. Iran would still be able to enrich to 3.5 percent.

The U.S. offer differs from Israeli policy in a number of areas: it is a temporary deal while Israel wants a permanent solution; it limits uranium enrichment to a certain level while Israel wants all enrichment to cease; and it allows continued construction at Iran’s Arak heavy water reactor (producing plutonium), which Israel wants dismantled.

“[The deal] is dangerous for world peace because it lowers the pressure of sanctions that took years to build while, on the other hand, Iran, in practice, retains its nuclear enrichment capability as well as the ability to advance along the plutonium track,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday.

France also opposed the U.S. deal, with its foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, telling France Inter Radio, “The security concerns of Israel and all the countries of the region have to be taken into account.”

Posted on November 10, 2013 .