Politics and the ramifications of Iran’s nuclear deal for Israel and the Middle East

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tried to block the Iran deal (photo: dpa)
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tried to block the Iran deal (photo: dpa)

The outcomes of Israel’s elections on March 17, 2015, and negotiations between the six leading world powers and Iran can make differences in the short run and invite more tension or open new options. But in the absence of a ‘military solution’ there will be two nuclear-capable nations in the region. Both will need to prepare for difficult formative stages within a region in transition. Politics in the US, Israel and Iran may continue to delay diplomatic outcomes which are commensurate with the need for regional reconstruction. But the requirements for economic competitiveness will sooner or later prevail.

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