08 December '10
The timing is just right--now that the US is not going to push Israel on a settlement freeze, the Senate is telling Obama to get on the ball with Iran:
Senators to Obama: Pressure Iran
A bipartisan slate of senators urged President Obama to increase pressure on Iran in nuclear talks.
The major powers, including the United States, concluded talks Tuesday in Geneva aimed at getting Iran to make transparent its nuclear program. The parties agreed to reconvene in Istanbul in January.
In a letter Monday, six U.S. senators -- three from each caucus, and all continuing into the next Congress -- called on Obama to increase the pressure.
"It is absolutely essential that the United States and its partners make clear to the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran that we intend to keep ratcheting up this pressure through comprehensive enforcement of existing sanctions as well as imposition of new measures," it said.
After all, thanks to Wikileaks we now know that the Arab world wants pressure on Iran to stop its nuclear program--and that the issue of Israel and peace talks takes second place with them in importance.
So, what should be expect?
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