Secret Talks between the U.S. and Iran -Alex Fishman
Valerie Jarrett [pictured], an Iranian-born Chicago lawyer and a senior advisor to President Obama, is the key player behind the secret talks between the U.S. and Iran, Yediot Ahronot reported.
Last month, the New York Times reported that the U.S. government is engaged in secret talks with Iran aimed at establishing a direct line of communication once the U.S. presidential elections are over.
Israel was originally surprised to learn of the talks, but state officials now reveal that they were going on for several months. The talks were initiated and led by Jarrett, and took place in Bahrain.
Questions about U.S.-Iran Negotiations -Jonathan S. Tobin
The Iranians have made fools of every Western negotiator they've dealt with in the past decade because of their tenacity and willingness to use the charade of talks as a way to run out the clock while their scientists get closer to achieving the country's nuclear ambition.
So long as the Iranian regime believes they can outlast and out-talk the West on this issue, it's doubtful they can be compelled to sign a deal that would eliminate the nuclear threat - or to observe it even if they did.
All Options Must (Really) Be on the Table -Emily B. Landau
[C]redible military threats are essential to this dynamic, and are still missing. Without massive economic and military pressure, it is hard to imagine Iran would ever consider a deal.