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Israel Warns West against ‘Bad Deal’ with Iran

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu heads a special cabinet meeting marking 40 years since the death of David Ben-Gurion, Israel's first prime minister, in Sde Boker in southern Israel, Nov. 10, 2013. Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu heads a special cabinet meeting marking 40 years since the death of David Ben-Gurion, Israel's first prime minister, in Sde Boker in southern Israel, Nov. 10, 2013.
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Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu heads a special cabinet meeting marking 40 years since the death of David Ben-Gurion, Israel's first prime minister, in Sde Boker in southern Israel, Nov. 10, 2013.
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu heads a special cabinet meeting marking 40 years since the death of David Ben-Gurion, Israel's first prime minister, in Sde Boker in southern Israel, Nov. 10, 2013.
Robert Berger
Talks between six world powers and Iran on curbing Tehran's nuclear program ended without an agreement on Sunday in Geneva, but Western leaders say they are bridging the gaps on a deal.  The talks, which are due to resume on November 20, are raising alarm bells in Israel.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is warning the West not to sign any agreement with Iran that leaves its capability to build nuclear weapons intact.

He told his Cabinet the emerging agreement does not require Iran to “dismantle even one centrifuge,” and therefore it is “a bad and dangerous deal.”

Netanyahu said he spoke by telephone over the weekend with U.S. President Barack Obama as well as the leaders of Britain, France, Russia and Germany.

“I asked them what is the rush?” he said.  He told them that easing sanctions on Iran while it retains its nuclear enrichment capability endangers not only Israel, but also the whole world.

Iran says its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, but Israel fears the Islamic Republic is building nuclear weapons that could threaten the existence of the Jewish state.  Israel has warned time and again that if diplomacy fails, it is prepared to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities on its own.

Netanyahu said the Western powers are determined to reach an understanding with Iran, but he urged them not to make a deal “at any price.”

He said the international community should keep the sanctions on Iran in place and hold out for a “good agreement” with better terms.

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by: Godison from: Lagos
November 11, 2013 1:20 AM
No nuclear iran


by: Dr. V. Samyanov from: Moscow State U.
November 10, 2013 2:16 PM
I never thought I would say this... but the world owes a great debt of gratitude to France. A nation of truly extraordinary courage and fortitude. I am ashamed of my country's indecisive vacillation - a nuclear Iran is as much a threat to Russia as it is to Saudi Arabia or Israel... or for that matter, for the peace of Europe...!!


by: Denny from: Ny
November 10, 2013 10:46 AM
Israel always want the status quo, that is their MO, they can keep on doing their illegitimate practices so long as nothing changes to make them change their ways. I say do a deal and move on, forget Israel, they don't have a seat at the table for a reason, they are flaunting international law as it is, so anything they say means nothing. They already buy to many politicians in the US, I see the future where Israel gets more and more isolated due to its no compromise attitude. World opinion has already turned against Israel ,it's about time they wake up and smell the fresh air.

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by: Laura from: USA
November 10, 2013 2:20 PM
spoken like an Iranian... ugly, fanatic, and not too smart... yeah, just keep shouting "Death to America... Death to Israel..." maybe things will improve for you...

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