Israel’s Western allies, including the United Kingdom, have hailed the Geneva Accord with Iran as a watershed moment in relations with an Islamic Republic. Daniel Taub, Israel’s ambassador to the U.K., remains unconvinced of Iran’s intentions to comply with the terms of the accord. Read more: Daniel Taub | LinkedIn and Daniel Taub | Ideamench
Israel continues to maintain the conviction that Iran desires to gain nuclear weapons capabilities and insists that Iran remains the biggest threat to peace in the middle east. Taub has made it clear that the deal Iran has agreed to doesn’t come close to providing everything necessary.
He points out that Iran’s military infrastructure regarding their nuclear program and the Arak plutonium heavy water reactor all remain intact. As long as these programs, established behind the backs of the International Atomic Energy Agency, continue to exist, it is difficult for Israel to be able to take any of these Iranian gestures seriously. Learn more about Daniel Taub: http://www.hampsteadshul.org.uk/event/isaiah-berlin-lecture-2017-daniel-taub/ and https://soundcloud.com/danieltaub
Many in Israel are in agreement with Mr. Taub’s assessment of the situation including Israeli cabinet member Naftali Bennett who warns that the deal signed with Iran could be a precursor to terror attacks escalating to the nuclear level.
Taub and Bennett both disagree with the perception in many western nations that new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani represents a shift to moderate politics in Iran.
Despite these disagreements, Taub remains firm in his assertion that Israel’s ties with her Western allies remain strong. At the same time, Israel finds itself with the possibility of forging alliances with the most unlikely of candidates.
Previously unthinkable alliances with Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States may finally be a reality. The fact is that a nuclear-capable Iran is seen by the Sunni states of the region as a serious threat and one that they can find common ground with Israel on.
Daniel Taub stated regarding these possibilities that, “I think the changes in our region are forcing many parties to make choices that they hadn’t had to make before. That creates a moment of opportunity for us.
I think that there are elements within countries in the region that now see that Israel can be a partner for some of the things they want…”