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Haaretz contributor Amos Harel said "Iran to take center state again on" Obama's agenda. He never "threw Israel under the bus." He prioritizes what's important to both countries. They're in lockstep on most issues. Very much so on Iran.

Longstanding policies pursue regime change. At times, tactics and timing differences surface. 

Obama "is the first American president to back up the tough public line against Iran with even tougher sanctions, and it was he who more than any previous president contributed toward the strengthening of defense aid to Israel, as Defense Minister Ehud Barak stated in a line that was widely quoted by the Democrats in their effort to court the Jewish vote."

Americans vote their pocketbook and other domestic issues. Foreign policy is secondary except in times of war when sentiment is strongly pro or con. It doesn't happen often.

Harel said expect Obama to focus heavily on Iran. Robert Satloff, executive director for the pro-Israeli Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP), said he'll soon present Tehran with a "big program."

"Big" for Washington won't likely please Iran. US policy is all take and no give. Whatever's offered won't change regime change plans. Tehran justifiably is wary.

Satloff claims a comprehensive deal will be proposed in exchange for Iran abandoning its legal nuclear program. Expect it to fall flat. If so, says Satloff, military measures may follow. 

Netanyahu's "red line" will get more headlines. His electoral campaign will prioritize it. Fear is a powerful motivator. Western media will support him. Expect a bogus Iranian threat to take center stage. Obama has lots more on his plate at home and abroad.

Reza Kahlili is a pseudonym. He formerly worked for CIA. Currently he serves on the Task Force on National and Homeland Security. It's a congressional advisory board. On November 3, he headlined "It's official! Iran Fulfills Obama Surprise," saying:

In secret negotiations with Washington, Iran agreed "to suspend uranium enrichment to the 20 percent level for its nuclear program." 

Iran's Mohammad Hassan Asfari, a National Security and Foreign Policy Commission parliamentary member, said in return Tehran wants all sanctions ended.

Iran's halt was a goodwill gesture. It requires Washington responding in kind. 

"In order to build trust, the Islamic regime has set aside the 20 percent enrichment process. It is expected that the 5+1 will remove the sanctions. If such action does not take place, Iran will continue with its process of reaching peaceful nuclear energy," said Asfari.

Iran's Fars News Agency denied the report. Enrichment continues, it said. Asfari reworded his original statement from Tehran halted enrichment to suspending it will occur to show good will.

Obama likely wanted something concluded pre-election. It's not clear if he got it. US media reports didn't say so. An unnamed source claimed Washington passed on a message intended for Ayatollah Khamenei.

Allegedly it requested Tehran announce a deal pre-election. Nothing official was forthcoming. Iranian officials dismissed reports. General Mohammad Reza Naghdi denounced it, saying:

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