It seems pressure may be mounting on Israel over the issue of its nuclear weapons. If the following report is true, a great deal of the credit would surely have to go to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The Times of Israel is reporting the following:
Senior Israeli officials reportedly held a rare meeting last week in Switzerland with representatives from an array of regional states — including Iran — and other major powers to discuss convening an international conference on making the Middle East a region free of weapons of mass destruction.
The story goes on to say that the US, Russia, and the UK are “working to bring the conference to life” and were also represented at the meeting in Switzerland. Israel and the US, of course, have always opposed calls, from Iran and others, for a nuclear free Middle East. What has changed? Well…the election of the new Iranian president, for one, along with the Obama administration’s willingness to enter into talks with him. But so far, up until now, Israel has stubbornly resisted such talks, its prime minister even launching an aggressive attack against President Rouhani following his speech at the UN in September. As I say, the lion’s share of the credit for this new development, assuming it is true, probably goes to Putin—but is it possible the Obama administration has mustered some spinal fortitude and actually begun to apply pressure to the Zionist state? Stranger things have been known to happen.