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In win for Israel, US seems to backtrack on removing IRGC from terror list

Convincing Washington not to remove the Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps from its terror list is not akin to halting the negotiated new nuke deal, but it is certainly a major diplomatic achievement for Jerusalem.
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett speaks at the Jerusalem Post's annual conference, Jerusalem, Oct. 12, 2021.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett put the odds of a new deal being signed on Iran’s nuclear program at 95% — until a few days ago. Some of his associates even put them at 100%. “The agreement is ready,” one of his associates had told Al-Monitor on condition of anonymity a few weeks ago. “It is on the table, alongside a pen. Only the signature is missing.”

However, this assessment has changed in recent days. According to his associates, Bennett now believes the prospects of a signature on the agreement are now 50-50. The US administration is still keen to sign, he told his associates, adding that Israel understands the American rationale but disagree with it. He then said that the whole business has reached a dead end over the issue of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

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