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Boaz Bismuth

The best game in town

The nuclear talks in Geneva have hundreds of journalists hoarding the Palais des Congrès on Tuesday to cover the third round of nuclear negotiations to take place since Iranian President Hasan Rouhani was elected. "It's already turned into a thriller, as if it's the World Cup," a Chinese journalist who had arrived in Geneva told me.

Two Iranian Embassy representatives from Geneva arrived at the meeting hall in the afternoon to check with organizers exactly how the talks will be carried out. This time, organizers asked journalists to stay away from the delegation. The press was told that negotiations would last until Friday, but many reporters booked hotels until Sunday. If a deal is reached, the foreign ministers are expected to arrive in Geneva over the weekend. No one is prepared to place bets on the outcome of the negotiations, even though the understanding is that everyone wants a deal -- even the journalists who arrived in Geneva again, meeting like students at a school reunion.

Almost in sync with the nuclear talks, in the same event hall, there is a medical convention. Ushers directed the journalists and guests so they would not mistakenly go to the wrong event. Perhaps to the Iranians, there would be no problem combining the two events, since in their eyes, 20 percent enriched uranium is used to treat cancer patients anyway. Someone just forgot to explain to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif that the amount the Iranians have enriched is enough for several hundred years.

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