“Analysts consider whether Ahmadinejad presidency could help resolve nuclear issue”

“Analysts consider whether Ahmadinejad presidency could help resolve nuclear issue”
June 16 & 17, 2009
     Aluf Benn criticizes Israelis who prefer President Ahmadinejad to Mir-Hossein Mousavi, pointing out that over the past 4 years of Ahmadinejad’s presidency, Israel has failed to prevent Iran from enriching uranium and providing support to Hezbollah and Hamas. Benn argues that Israelis should hope for Iranian leadership that can engage the US and “calm things down in the region” (Haaretz). Meir Dagan, head of Israel’s Mossad, stated that a win by Mousavi in last week’s election would have caused Israel “a more serious problem” for dealing with Iran’s nuclear program. Dagan argued that Mousavi’s reformist image would have complicated Israeli efforts to “explain to the world the danger of the Iranian threat”, adding that Iran will have its first nuclear bomb ready in 2014 under present conditions (Haaretz (2)).
     Daniel Flitton echoes a recent International Crisis Group analysis [previously covered here] and suggests that Ahmadinejad’s conservative credentials could actually allow him to negotiate with the US while sidestepping domestic criticism. However, Flitton adds that in the absence of a democratic mandate, Ahmadinejad may maintain his anti-US strategy to counter support for Mousavi (The Age).
Haaretz | Haaretz (2) | The Age

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