Iran prepares for Moscow
Kaveh L Afrasiabi of Asia Times Online speaks to Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Iran’s ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency, about his country’s nuclear program.
Neither the Stuxnet nor Flame [the latest cyber attack] nor other acts of sabotage or attacks on our scientists, etc, will have any effect on our determination to pursue our nuclear rights within the framework of NPT [the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty]. In fact, such illegal actions against Iran increase our determination to continue the path of Iran’s peaceful nuclear program.
Fareed Zakaria of Time outlines his reasons for believing that military intervention in Syria is doomed to fail.
nlike Libya, Syria is not a vast country with huge tracts of land where rebels can retreat, hide and be resupplied. Syria is roughly one-tenth the size of Libya but has three times as many people. Partly for this reason, the Syrian rebellion has not been able to take control of any significant part of the country. Nearly half of all Syrians live in or around two cities, Damascus and Aleppo, both of which seem to remain under the regime’s grip.
Writing in the National Interest, Bruce Riedel speculates on the significance of the recent Israel’s nuclear capabilities.
The timing of the leak, though, is probably no coincidence, as tensions with Iran are building again. Israel may well be sending Iran a message that retaliation for an Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities could lead to a dangerous escalation in which Israel holds the upper hand.
There is no real incentive at present for either the Palestinians or Israel to engage seriously in the peace process, writes Elliott Abrams in Foreign Policy.
While professional peacemakers may want to get negotiations going again, the inconvenient truth is that none of the parties to this conflict have adequate incentives to take serious political risks right now. Forget about reaching a final settlement for the next year and likely far longer—neither the situation on the ground nor the politics in Israel and among the Palestinians makes it at all likely.
Haaretz: Israel’s settlement policy could trigger a third intifada, experts warn Netanyahu
The Jerusalem Post: Tens of thousands attend TA Gay Pride festivities
Times of Israel: Peres: World not doing enough to stop Syrian killing
New York Times: Assad Reaction to Unrest in Syria Divides His Sect
Washington Post: As world follows Assad, rebels in Syria gain ground
Wall Street Journal: What, Me a Dictator?