Last week, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry alluded that Israel should negotiate a deal with Iran which would keep Iran from seeking nuclear weapons for six to 12 months; Israeli authorities are calling this suggestion “unacceptable.”
Yuval Steinitz, Israeli cabinet minister and head of nuclear affairs said, “In the past, and also recently, what we heard from the Americans, including publicly, and from the Europeans and even from the Russians, was that Iran must be distanced years – not months but years – from nuclear weaponry.”
The Iranian government denies seeking the weapons and is in the midst of negotiations with six countries discussing decreasing the nation’s uranium enrichment work reports SRN News.
The Israeli government believes that Iran’s nuclear research is a threat to the country’s security and have made their intentions clear to go on the offensive if they deem necessary.
Kerry did not say outright that Israel should settle with Iran for a timeline of six to 12 months to cease bomb-making activity, but the Israelis understood the implication.
“The things that Kerry said...are worrying. They are surprising. They are not acceptable,” Steinitz said.
Publication date: April 14, 2014