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    Netanyahu Urges France Not to Weaken on Iran Talks

    FILE - Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Nov. 10, 2013.
    FILE - Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Nov. 10, 2013.
    Reuters
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pressed France on Friday not to weaken in its stance toward Iran in upcoming talks on the Islamic state's nuclear program, days before President Francois Hollande is due to visit Israel.
     
    Iran has accused France of blocking agreement last week at talks between Tehran and six world powers in Geneva. Iran is seeking relief from international sanctions, while the six demand curbs in its nuclear activities, including enrichment of uranium.
     
    Hollande travels to Israel on Tuesday for the first time since his election 18 months ago, a visit aides say will focus on the next round of talks in Geneva starting on Wednesday.
     
    “We hope that France will not weaken,” Netanyahu told Le Figaro in an interview. “We salute [Hollande's] consistent and determined position on the Iranian issue.”
     
    Netanyahu reiterated his government's opposition to Iran pursuing any research that could lead to the development of a nuclear weapon, saying it should not possess heavy water reactors or centrifuges used to enrich radioactive material. Tehran says it wants nuclear energy for electricity, not bombs.
     
    FILE - France's President Francois Hollande, Aug. 27, 2013.FILE - France's President Francois Hollande, Aug. 27, 2013.
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    FILE - France's President Francois Hollande, Aug. 27, 2013.
    FILE - France's President Francois Hollande, Aug. 27, 2013.
    Hollande has opposed lifting any economic sanctions on Iran until it provides further guarantees. He is also due to tell Netanyahu that he opposes the further building of Israeli settler homes in the occupied West Bank, Hollande's aides said.
     
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has condemned the construction of new homes on disputed land that Palestinians want as part of a future state, and pressed Israel and the Palestinian Authority to strike a lasting peace accord.
     
    “It is not the construction of homes that is preventing peace,” Netanyahu told Le Figaro. “It is a problem that must be solved, but it is not the cause of the conflict.”

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    by: Yoshi from: Sapporo
    November 18, 2013 10:22 PM
    Why does France probably only strictly oppose Iran and support Israel among 5+1 countires on this meeting? What is the own interest for France?

    by: chukwuemeka Ukor from: lagos Nigeria
    November 17, 2013 4:47 AM
    I have always maintained that Iran must not be given àny to develop uranium enrichment for any nuclear war arsenal.that has been their target against the isrealities.then the isrealites must stop building any house on d occupied territories and let everything be. That palestinian lands has never been their own.palestinians has been the original owners.thanks i rest my case.
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    by: Godwin from: Nigeria
    November 18, 2013 8:24 AM
    Chukwuemeka Ukor from Lagos Nigeria, from where did you get your facts? What history book did you read to tell you that the Palestinians ever existed even in the time of Jesus birth? When King David was setting up the city of Jerusalem later to be called City of David, where were the Palestinians? Or are you not aware that Israel was taken into captivity many times in their history, including the most recent one that destroyed their Great Temple of Jerusalem in about 64-70AD? Are you not aware that Israel returned from the last exile in 1941 and in 1948 declared themselves a state once again? Or do you prefer a Jewish people subjugated in Arab nations?

    Are you not aware that it is because of Israel's return in 1948 that all the Arab countries gathered in 1967 to finally destroy it and wipe it out of world map (what they shamelessly call the Resistance), when in 6 days Israel routed them instead because Israel's God was with them? Are you not aware that the campaign to destroy Israel has continued to date, leading to kidnappings, terrorism and acrimony, part of which was the Entebe hijacking of Israeli plane, and the rescue thereafter called 90minutes at Entebe, at the end of which Israel declared, NEVER AGAIN? Please don't say a thing unless you are sure of it.
    The land belongs to Israel, only I can't say why much sympathy is going to the Palestinians at the detriment of Israel's ownership of their own land. If we remove sentiment, we can be fair in judging for posterity. In fairness Israel should allow them stay, but to whisk or snatch it from Israel whipping international sentiment is robbery.

    by: Godwin from: Nigeria
    November 16, 2013 1:52 PM
    "... the six demand curbs in its nuclear activities, including enrichment of uranium", This was not the original demand, who changed it, why and how? Curb refers to limiting, but the pivot of the negotiations has been to remove the volatile area - enrichment. Well, France appears to be the good boy at the moment, but has not been very reliable in the past, especially when the issue of settlement is concerned. What has the Arab nation used to becloud the knowledge of all the people who talk of occupied land, 'land ,,, want for their capital'. These are statements of incitement of terror, hatred and strife. The Palestinians should be told the truth if they don't know it, that the land they are seeking for their capital is land of Israel. That they occupied it at one time during the wars out there when they had the upper hand does not mean Israel taking same back when their glory returned changes the equation. It is never occupied land. It used to be, from the foray of islamist conquests in the medieval until 1967, but not any more, hence Israel has only reclaimed its land.

    We should understand that US support of Israel is not for good, it is not for the economic and scientific gains, but with the compromised West its aim is to destroy the root of the Abrahamic religions by setting them up one against the other. Thus far they have succeeded. The fueling of the feud between Israel and Palestine which should be one people with diverse religions, running as a confederacy like USA with controlled autonomy was a well marshaled strategy cooked over time to achieve it. Now they have succeeded in planting hatred between them making even a peace deal impossible - the muslims claiming the Holy Land for their own because they buried one of their grandparents there, and Israel unable to agree to divide its capital and share it with some nomadic, itinerant gypsies, later settlers who occupied the land either due to war, goodwill or such like. What is the way forward? Let someone come out and say the truth. The Palestinians shall know the truth and the truth shall set them free. God will not allow USA, Europe and the Muslim jihandists destroy the land He allotted to His people Israel. Not anymore, Never again! GOD FORBID!

    by: Kehinde Philip from: Nigeria
    November 16, 2013 9:52 AM
    God of our father said you should not give your father land to any person 1kings 21vs3 . And no part of Isreal land should belong to philistine.

    by: Abel from: nigeria
    November 15, 2013 10:43 PM
    peace and freedom for israel, peace and freedom for the world

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