The interim nuclear deal between Iran and the Western powers, according to which Iran agreed to curb its nuclear programme for the next six months in return for limited sanctions relief, sets an important precedent for dealing with the Middle East’s only actual nuclear power, Israel.
However, as British writer Stuart Littlewood points out, you wouldn’t have thought so by listening to UK Foreign SecretaryWilliam Hague. Although he says the deal with Iran “had shown that pressure through sanctions coupled with a readiness to negotiate was the right policy”, he seems to think that this doesn’t apply to Israel.
It’s a contradiction – no, a double standard – that wasn’t lost on some British members of parliament who, during the parliamentary session on 25 November at which Hague made his statement, flocked to mention…
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