Lets speak today on the talks between western powers and the Iranians over the future of their nuclear program.
Israel is eying these talks – but talking tough that time is running out and they will not tolerate watching Iran play a game of buying time in order to advance their program.
But the Western Powers left off from the last round of talks in Febuary saying that the Iranians were engaging with them and that there was modest progress.
Now the West wants Iran talk substance – to negotiate a deal that will satisfy the world that they are not pursuing nuclear weapons.
The pressure clearly is on Iran – and they are talking tough as well prior to the gathering. But the fact is things will be down to give and take on both sides – albeit the West wants Iran to table offers of compromise.
Iran believes it has the right to a nuclear program that will enrich uranium under the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). But the West is weary, and Israel flatly rejects this assertion of Iran.
One interpretation put forth is that Iran is going to play this game of putting things off diplomatically while advancing in manufacturing in order to up the incentives the West will offer to Iran.
After crippling sanctions and evidence of unrest in Iran's society and political structure, The West believes it has a degree of leverage in perhaps seeking more tough sanctions against the regime.
Iran wants relief from these sanctions by the global powers before they put forward steps that could be interpreted as compromises.
But the bottom line is that the West wants to see confidence-building measures from Iran to clarify Iran's statements that their nuclear program is peaceful.
Either way, Israel looks not to be satisfied by any outcome – they are suspicious of Iran's intention – and rightly so given the rhetoric that has come from Iranian officials.
Iran, in the last talks, concluded with describing the meeting as a “possible turning point”. This weekend will tell if that is in the direction of contrition or confrontation this time around.
Middle East Correspondent