White House: Israeli-Palestinian talks unlikely in Obama’s last 14 months in office

US administration rejects possibility of any linkage between continued settlement building and future defense funding for Israel.

Israelis and Palestinians are unlikely to resume negotiations — much less conclude a two-state agreement — during the Obama administration’s remaining 14 months, White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters in Washington on Monday.

“I think we have been quite candid about the fact that given the dynamic on both sides, it is unlikely that the two-state solution will be reached in the next 14 month,” Earnest said….

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Iran State Media Says Final Nuclear Agreement Meets All Khamenei’s Demands

…In terms of Iran’s commitments to the international community, Fars characterized them as a “set of temporary and limited measures that will remain valid for different periods of time.”

Earlier on Sunday, the Associated Press cited unnamed diplomats who said that negotiators at the Iran nuclear talks will announce on Monday that they’ve reached a deal to limit the country’s atomic program in return for sanctions relief.

Later in the day, a source cited by Iranian media rejected the AP report.

The source added that “in case of striking a final deal, the agreement has to be approved by the Iranian parliament in the same manner that it has to be approved by the US Congress,” Fars said.

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Israel is preparing for an agreement with Iran. Ya’alon: ‘It would be a historic mistake’

Reports from Vienna are causing fear in Israel: tonight the powers and Iran will apparently announce the signing of an agreement regarding the Iranian nuclear program. Defense Minister Moshe (Bogie) Ya'alon said Sunday that “the West may sign a bad agreement that is full of unprecedented concessions with a blood-soaked, ruthless regime that spreads terrorism throughout the world and undermines the very foundations of the free world. It would be a historic mistake.”

According to foreign media reports, the parties reached an agreement on most issues, and it appears that the sanctions against Iran will be removed immediately upon signing the agreement, including the arms embargo. This last issue was one of “mines” that led to the repeated extensions of the deadline for reaching an agreement. Iran demanded the removal of the embargo, while the US opposed. It appears that the White House decided to be flexible and agreed to lift the arms embargo, even if not immediately according to some reports.

It was also agreed, according to reports, that UN inspectors will be able to access the Iranian military nuclear facilities only by prior arrangement with the Iranian authorities. This is one of the problematic sections of the agreement, if the reports regarding it will be proven to be correct. In this way, there could be no real, tightly controlled supervision of Iran's military nuclear program…

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