The coalition created by President Barack Hussein Obama to combat the threat posed by the Islamic State has brought rare cooperation to a divided and conflicted Middle East.
Rivals like Egypt and Qatar will line up side-by-side, as Sunnis and Shiites volunteer their help, but voices within the US have pointed a finger on Thursday on missing member of the coalition: Iran.
The New York Times dedicated its top slot on Thursday to the concern within Israel that Obama will focus less and less on Iranian efforts to develop nuclear weapons, at a critical moment in the diplomatic effort to curb such a result.
Iran remains a short distance from achieving the capability to manufacture nuclear weapons, and only suspended its progress because of an interim agreement the Islamic republic signed with Western powers last year in Geneva.
That accord, in which Iran and six world powers were supposed to reach a comprehensive agreement by July, failed to live up to its potential, and the new deadline posed – November 24 – is not far in the future.
If a permanent agreement is not signed by that date, the military option which the US often raised as a threat will need to make a fresh appearance; the question remains whether Obama, deeply invested in the fight against ISIS, will have the ability to pose a credible threat to the Iranians.
A senior political source told Ynet on Thursday night there was concern over the possibility that the US will moderate its pressure on Iran in the talks. A senior minister familiar with the issue said that “we are actually concerned about that possibility.”
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