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Israeli officials have questioned whether diplomacy and the current regime of sanctions can alone halt further development of Iran’s nuclear programme. They have called on the US and others to sharply raise the pressure on the Islamic Republic. This report by GIS expert Dr Kim R. Holmes examines Iran’s uranium-enrichment programme, which Western leaders believe is ...
Dr. Kim R. Holmes
Domestic politics in Israel was the catalyst for much of the rhetoric over the nuclear threat from Iran. It averted domestic social tensions and downplayed the Palestinian issue. Ongoing negotiations on Iran have taken off much of the pressure for a military operation. Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has now strengthened his position immeasurably and thi...
Dr. Uwe Nerlich
What are the strategic options for Israel and Iran if the crisis over Iran’s nuclear programme gets out of control. Nuclear strikes are not on the cards but it is unlikely that the surgical strikes envisaged by Israel can be limited. This reinforces the view that there is a game of political poker while an eventual settlement needs to be found in a wider regional a...