Mr. Netanyahu used the occasion of the Mitchell meeting to state for the first time Israel’s acceptance of the proposal for Iran. He said, “I think that the proposal that the president made in Geneva to have Iran withdraw its enriched uranium, or a good portion of it, outside Iran is a positive first step in that direction,
Defense Minister Ehud Barak said on Israel Radio on Thursday that “If this agreement is carried out, it will take them back about a year in the sphere of enriching the material. But there is a drawback, because one of the results of the agreement is that, in practice, this recognizes that Iran enriches uranium, on a low level, on its soil, for peaceful purposes. This is problematic for us.
The current negotiations are focused on the possibility of a settlement moratorium for a period of time following the completion of several thousand units. The Palestinians have not said if such a formula would be enough to return them to the negotiations, although they have generally said that it is not.