The New York Times reported on Monday that US President Barack Obama is considering dropping the demand that Iran halt its nuclear program as a precondition for bilateral talks.
If implemented, the decision would allow Iran to continue enriching uranium and stockpiling the materials needed to build nuclear bombs even while negotiating with the US and its allies.
Israelis and other critics of the diplomatic approach fear that Obama's approach would further allow Iran to draw out the entire affair long enough to field nuclear weapons absent of any serious international interference.
Meanwhile, Zalman Shoval, a top foreign policy advisor to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a group of foreign ambassadors that the feeling in Jerusalem is that the Obama administration is going to reject demands from Israel and American congressional leaders that a firm time limit be put on talks with Iran.
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