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Obama on speaking terms with Rouhani. Israel skeptical about Iran´s move.

Hassan Rouhani, Iran´s new political leader, received a private letter from President Obama about easing tensions between the countries.Photo credit to Vahid Salemi/Associated Press

Hassan Rouhani, Iran´s new political leader, received a private letter from President Obama about easing tensions between the countries.Photo credit to Vahid Salemi/Associated Press

A series of good-will gestures and hints of new diplomatic flexibility from Iran’s ruling establishment was capped on Wednesday by the highest-level statement yet that the country’s new leaders are pushing for a compromise in negotiations over their disputed nuclear program.READ ARTICLE HERE

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel issued a harsh condemnation of Mr. Rouhani this week, presaging a potential showdown with President Obama over how to deal with Iran, after a period in which the two leaders appeared finally to be in sync.

Amid news of an exchange of letters between Mr. Obama and Mr. Rouhani, and fresh discussion in Washington of negotiations that could lift sanctions against Iran, Mr. Netanyahu’s office dismissed as “media spin” a raft of statements by Mr. Rouhani about the peaceful goals of Iran’s nuclear program and his willingness to engage in diplomacy.