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robertr
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Split Between US and Israel
To the Is­raeli gov­ern­ment, the pre­lim­i­nary deal with Iran that the Oba­ma ad­min­is­tra­tion is try­ing to seal this week is a give­away to a gov­ern­ment that has spent two decades build­ing a vast nu­clear pro­gram. It en­shrines the sta­tus quo — at a time when the Ira­ni­ans are with­in reach of the tech­ni­cal ca­pa­bil­ity to build a bomb — and re­wards some un­proven lead­ers with cash and sanc­tions re­lief. Pres­i­dent Oba­ma and his top aides see the same draft deal in sharply dif­fer­ent terms. To them, it is a first ef­fort to freeze the Ira­nian pro­gram, to buy some time to ne­go­ti­ate a more am­bi­tious deal, and to stop two sep­a­rate meth­ods of de­vel­op­ing a bomb, one in­volv­ing ura­nium, the oth­er plu­to­ni­um. In re­turn, the Ira­ni­ans get mod­est re­lief from sanc­tions, but not what they des­per­ate­ly de­sire, the abil­i­ty to again sell oil around the world. That would come on­ly later as part of a fi­nal agree­ment that would re­quire the Ira­ni­ans to dis­man­tle much of their nu­clear in­fra­struc­ture.
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