Assad's army, backed by Shi'ite Lebanese Hezbollah officers and Iraqi militias, has been regaining territory around Aleppo and Damascus to the south, strengthening the president's hand ahead of proposed, but long-delayed, peace talks in Geneva.
Netanyahu mocked sanctions not long ago and insisted they could not work, but now he touts them as an ultimate silver bullet to stop Tehran in its tracks. Netanyahu once implicitly acquiesced to then Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s explicit agreement for low grade Iranian uranium enrichment to continue, but now he says it’s a make or break proposition.
While this perspective explains Netanyahu’s scorn for the negotiations, he risks becoming isolated should the dealmakers eventually start viewing him as an obstreperous maximalist who is heedless of the risk of war. Moreover, he doesn’t have sure-fire options for dismantling Iran nuclear complex, which consists of many facilities, widely dispersed and well protected.
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