Middle East tensions: The dynamics of the current crisis

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (photo:dpa)
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (photo:dpa)

Nuclear weapons have long ceased to provide a dominant political currency between opposing countries but emerging nuclear powers always create more international attention and negotiating pressure. Iran is now at a crossroads as it seeks to make its own decisions on its nuclear programme. In the second part of a three-part series, GIS expert Dr Uwe Nerlich explains how the nuclear issue figures in Israeli policy and how Iran and the US cope with that.

IRAN’S President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has sought a leadership role for his country in the Middle East by making it Palestine’s most fervent supporter. And, since he was elected in August 2005, he has condemned the Israeli regime.


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