"No honest person can know whether the nuclear negotiations with Iran will produce a sound agreement, least of all the know-it-alls who are fighting to prevent it. Maybe, the West will have to further strengthen economic sanctions. Perhaps, Iran will make threatening moves that justify a Western military strike. But the arguments against a full and serious drive to try staying the dogs of war are sheer, dangerous nonsense," writes CFR President Emeritus Leslie Gelb for the Daily Beast.
"The claim that French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius is pandering to Israel is downright wrong. Recall that, while Hollande was dragging his feet, Fabius secured France's vote in favor of Palestine's upgrade to 'non-member observer' status at the UN—a move that displeased Israel's government and the Representative Council of French Jewish Institutions. Yes, Fabius took a firm stance during the recent talks with Iran, but not to please the Israelis," writes Pascal Boniface for Project Syndicate.
"The French were right on the merits. A freeze on Iran's nuclear program needs to include a freeze on construction work at Arak. France's insistence on a real suspension won't scuttle the deal. The parties are almost certain to work out some compromise on Arak this week, as part of a broader freeze on Iran's nuclear program. The deal will be better for France's intransigence," writes Jeffrey Lewis in Foreign Policy.
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Australia Spying Row With Indonesia Continues
Hackers attacked the websites of the Australian police and reserve bank amid an ongoing row over reported Australian spying on Indonesian officials (BBC). About two hundred people marched toward the Australian embassy in Jakarta, burning flags, to demand an apology for the spying.