I. REACHING A ‘VIABLE TWO-STATE SOLUTION’
WASHINGTON — Pressing ahead in a new US-backed push for Middle East peace, Israeli and Palestinian negotiators agreed yesterday (July 30) to meet again within two weeks to start substantive talks in hopes of reaching a long-elusive settlement within nine months.
The US had already said the negotiations would continue for at least nine months — roughly until the end of April 2014 — but that had not been set as a timeframe for reaching a deal. Mr. Kerry and both sides agreed that neither would walk away from the talks or take actions that could disrupt them for that period, two senior US officials said. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss diplomatic talks.
II. Nuclear Iran
Netanyahu told his Cabinet that Sunday's deal gave Iran much-needed relief from the sanctions, but left most of Iran's nuclear infrastructure intact. In particular, he cited Iran's continued ability to enrich uranium, a key step in making a nuclear bomb.
"What was reached last night in Geneva is not a historic agreement, it is a historic mistake," Netanyahu said. "Today the world became a much more dangerous place because the most dangerous regime in the world made a significant step in obtaining the most dangerous weapons in the world."
Voicing what he called Israel's right to self-defense, he said, "I want to clarify that Israel will not let Iran develop nuclear military capability."
The exact details of Sunday's deal, hammered out in Geneva between six world powers and Iran, were not immediately known. Israel was not a participant in the talks but remained in close touch with the U.S. and other allies during the negotiations.
In a statement, the White House called the nuclear agreement an "initial, six-month step." Over the coming six months, the world powers and Iran will try to reach a final agreement that the White House said would ensure that Iran never develops a nuclear bomb
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