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      Report: Obama Linking 'Peace Talks,' Iran

      Maariv: US Administration tells Israel progress on Palestinian issue will lead to continued pressure on Iran.
      By Gil Ronen
      First Publish: 11/6/2013, 12:45 PM

      President Barack Obama
      President Barack Obama
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      Daily newspaper Maariv reports Wednesday that the US Administration under President Barack Obama has relayed a series of messages to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, according to which – if Netanyahu makes progress in "peace talks" with the Palestinian Authority (PA) – "it will be easier for the US to support Israel's position" in the negotiations between the western powers and Iran, and to refrain from easing sanctions on Iran in exchange for partial concessions by the Islamic Republic.

      The paper quotes " American sources" who said that in messages relayed to Netanyahu by Secretary of State John Kerry as well as President Obama, the US leaders explained that most of the international community is working to bring about a diplomatic solution regarding Iran's nuclear development, and that Israel's position regarding these talks is well-known.

      The message, says Maariv, is that if he makes meaningful progress vis-à-vis the PA, this will help him receive US support for his position on Iran.

      The trade-off – some would say blackmail – was dubbed "Bushehr-for-Yitzhar" by Israeli pundits when it was first floated during Obama's first term in office. Bushehr is an Iranian nuclear plant, while Yitzhar is a community in Samaria that the Israeli left wing dreams of seeing torn down.

      Arutz Sheva's Mark Langfan wrote earlier this year that "Obama's very 'linkage' of the Iran's nukes with Israel coughing up a Palestinian State only means Obama intends to allow Iran to get nukes, and wants Israel to be the his 'scapegoat' cover for the failure of Obama's own catastrophic Iranian nuclear appeasement."

      However, Maariv adds, the Administration is making efforts not to get into a confrontation with Israel.