"The report acknowledges dramatic technological gains by Iran, and it predicts that the country could probably build a simple nuclear device in one to three years, if it kicked out U.N. inspectors and retooled its uranium-processing plants to make weapons-grade enriched uranium. Another five years would be needed to build a warhead that would fit on one of Iran's missiles, the panel says. U.S. intelligence agencies have made similar predictions; Israel maintains that Iran could build a bomb in as little as eight months." Wapo
This report was available to Natanyahu yesterday. This was not good news for someone embarked on a campaign to discredit American intelligence analysis of the "Iranian Threat" (something like the "Yellow Peril"). Today, the news of the great Natanyahu/Obama meeting was on page 10 of the Washington Post along with this little gem about the conclusions of a joint US/Russian study.
And then, on the editorial page we have an OPED by John Hannah, the Bush Administration Middle East staff hack (now at WINEP). He is unhappy with the Obama crew's attitude over Iran. What could be better!
It sounds to me as though things went well at the meeting from the American perspective. Obama gave up nothing over Iran, i.e., we will look at it again by the end of the year. Obama insisted that a two-state solution remains American policy in Palestine.
Look to see the lobby try to stage a US "revolt" against Obama over this. I predict that it won't work and will just cause more damage to Israel's position in the U.S. Natanyahu is in the process of destroying the special relationship between Israel and the US. His arrogant belief that the ant can dominate the elephant will do the job.
Now is the time for the Iranians and the Syrians to step forward offering an open hand. pl