According to Barak, Iran's decision would certainly cool down Israel, who has repeatedly declared its readiness to launch air strikes to destroy Iran’s nuclear facilities. But the break will last for eight or nine months, he claimed.
The Iranian economy is suffering from severe sanctions imposed for their non-compliance on nuclear matters. Barak suggested Iran might have decided to take a pause just to sound more convincing when "telling the IAEA [International Atomic Energy Agency] 'oh we comply with our commitments’.”
According to Israel, Iran has 189 kilograms of uranium enriched to 20% purity at hand at the moment. This could be enough for further enrichment and eventually lead to Iran becoming a nuclear weapons power.
Voice of Russia, Interfax
The idea of Israel attacking Iran stays news. But, when Iran suspends it nuclear energy development it takes a back seat.
Could this be to influence the election?
Both sides benefit.
First Obama is making headway with Iran in a positive direction. Just days before election day.
Second the media is keeping as tight lipped as possible so that Romney's campaign makes it look as if Obama is not doing enough for Israel and foreign affairs.