Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – addressing the American Congress – has made behaviour change by Iran an essential pre-requisite to the successful conclusion of negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 – France, Germany, United Kingdom, China, Russia and the United States…writes David Singer.
Those negotiations – designed to curb Iran procuring a nuclear bomb – have a deadline expiring on March 24.
The threat Iran’s behaviour poses to peace and security in the Middle East and the world’s oil supply was starkly laid out by Netanyahu:
Iran’s past attacks on Americans did not escape Netanyahu’s notice:
Netanyahu spelled out Iran’s ever-increasing quest for domination and influence outside its own national borders:
In the Middle East, Iran now dominates four Arab capitals, Baghdad, Damascus, Beirut and Sanaa. And if Iran’s aggression is left unchecked, more will surely follow.
So, at a time when many hope that Iran will join the community of nations, Iran is busy gobbling up the nations.
Netanyahu warned against the P5+1 agreeing to any 10 year moratorium on Iran gaining a nuclear bomb – without imposing strict conditions requiring an end to such behaviour by Iran:
Iran could get to the bomb by keeping the deal. Because virtually all the restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program will automatically expire in about a decade.
Netanyahu’s solution to preventing this catastrophe occurring requires Iran meeting three conditions in any concluded negotiations – each enthusiastically endorsed by a standing ovation from the Congress as Netanyahu declared:
Behaviour change by Iran has thus been firmly put on the negotiating agenda – and overwhelmingly endorsed by the Congress – with Netanyahu warning:
If the world powers are not prepared to insist that Iran change its behavior before a deal is signed, at the very least they should insist that Iran change its behavior before a deal expires.
If Iran changes its behavior, the restrictions would be lifted.
If Iran doesn’t change its behavior, the restrictions should not be lifted.
If Iran wants to be treated like a normal country, let it act like a normal country.
Significantly Netanyahu stressed that these three conditions would represent:
The P5+1 must ensure that Iran abandons its belligerent behaviour – or terminate the negotiations.
March 10, 2015 | by David Singer | Original Source: jwire.com.au "Netanyahu Puts Behaviour Change By Iran On Negotiating Agenda"
David Singer is a Sydney Lawyer and Foundation Member of the International Analysts Network