Iranian Nuke Talks Step Up as Israel-Palestine Talks Stall
The Obama administration’s diplomacy scorecard is mixed this week. Talks between Iran and the P5+1 group restart today, and senior White House officials would consider easing some sanctions in return for Iran’s freezing its nuclear program, a move designed to create a window for negotiations. The idea doesn’t thrill Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, who accuses Palestinian negotiators of creating obstacles in their talks. The Palestinians note that the 1,800 newly confirmed Jewish homes in the West Bank and East Jerusalem are themselves rather significant obstacles. Secretary of State John Kerry has had his hands full this week shuttling between the two sides.