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Israel's Netanyahu Warns US Against Iran Nuclear Deal


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- 1536 days ago - globalpost.com
The speech escalated Netanyahu's campaign against President Barack Obama's Iran diplomacy, putting unprecedented stress on the two leaders' already strained ties.



   

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Darren Woolsey (218)
Tuesday March 3, 2015, 3:24 pm
Nothing like being blatantly provocative. . .
 

Arielle S (313)
Tuesday March 3, 2015, 4:00 pm
And war-mongering at the same time...
 

Kathleen M (208)
Tuesday March 3, 2015, 4:01 pm
Wish this RWN would screw himself upside down, inside out and sideways. And stay in his own benighted country, with his other warmongering cohorts. Thanks, Cal.
 

Sue Matheson (79)
Tuesday March 3, 2015, 4:33 pm
thanks
 

Stan B (123)
Tuesday March 3, 2015, 6:52 pm
The world ignores Netanyahu's warnings at its peril. I wish Obama had his courage and foresight.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 4, 2015, 12:36 am
This is the result of Obama's policy towards Iran trying to face two ways at the same time.
 

fly bird (26)
Wednesday March 4, 2015, 3:10 am
http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/watch/netanyahu-on-iran-echoes-his-2002-iraq-alarm-407864899724
 

fly bird (26)
Wednesday March 4, 2015, 3:18 am
Al Jazeera publishes leaked intelligence files showing Netanyahu lied about Iranian nuclear threat.

A little over one month before a deadline to reach a nuclear deal with Iran, three weeks before Israelis head to the polls, and 8 days before Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu is set to address both houses of Congress, Aljazeera’s investigative unit has begun publishing a cache of leaked intelligence files exposing the Mossad, MI6, and the CIA. Dubbed “The Spy Cables”, the initial reporting leads to one conclusion: Benjamin Netanyahu is a liar. The timing couldn’t be better.

Reportedly the largest release of secret intelligence documents since Edward Snowden leaked thousands from the NSA, the information comes from all over the world and documents “meetings the agency’s operatives held with the American CIA, British MI6, Russian FSB and other nations’ intelligence agencies, between 2006 and 2014″.

A few weeks after Netanyau’s infamous speech at the UN in 2012 warning world powers Iran was months from producing a nuclear weapon, The Spy Cables reveal Israeli intelligence reports contradicted the information in Netanyahu’s alarming speech. “Mossad’s formal assessment of Iran’s nuclear capacity and intentions differs from the scenario outlined by the prime minister at the UN”, reports Aljazeera.

According to a Mossad report shared with South Africa, Iran was “not performing the activity necessary to produce weapons”. The Guardian adds: “The report highlights the gulf between the public claims and rhetoric of top Israeli politicians and the assessments of Israel’s military and intelligence establishment.”

That’s a polite way of putting it.
http://mondoweiss.net/2015/02/publishes-intelligence-netanyahu

There’s a lot more where that came from, and information is still unfolding, so far we’ve seen the tip of an iceberg. But it does beg the question how Congress, the Knesset, or Israelis for that matter, can have faith anything Netanyahu says relating to Iran’s nuclear program is truthful? He has been sounding the alarm over Iran for over 20 years now, it’s time he give it a rest.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 4, 2015, 5:43 am
Thank you.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 4, 2015, 7:01 am
Jess, everyone with minimal intelligence will not trust to mondoweiss, electronic intifada and other hate sites you usually use as sources.

If you listened to Netaniyahu, you would clearly hear his points, and these points make perfect sense. He never called for a war - he called for a good and verifiable deal. That deal is in US interest as much as in Israeli interest, because crazy Iranian mullahs won't mind attacking US.

Actually, considering that your support for Sunni Arab states is strong, you should take into account that Iran may attack Arab states as well. May be even before attacking Israel.

You should really think twice!
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 4, 2015, 7:23 am
Great advice, Bob A.
 

Martija Mohoric (25)
Wednesday March 4, 2015, 7:56 am
Noted, tks Cal
 

Justin Vale (13)
Wednesday March 4, 2015, 9:28 am
this is the zionist assuming we're stupid. that line of thinking has always been their downfall and it will be the cause of the catastrophe that america itself will level upon them. bibi is a hasbeen in israel, for them he's a joke now. but yet the zionist think we're stupid enough to take seriously a man they themselves don't take seriously. every thing that comes out of bibi's mouth is a comic strip. that's all. and lets not forget, obama knows israel knew about 9/11 b4 it happened and let it happen to get us involved in killing muslims. that will be enough to garner the public support necessary to bend israel over and do a "deliverance" on them.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 4, 2015, 10:20 am
I agree with Stan 100 %
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 4, 2015, 10:21 am
Bob A., excellent comment
 

Justin Vale (13)
Wednesday March 4, 2015, 11:27 am
zbigniew brzezinski is all of a sudden obama's best buddy. zionist know who he is. every other word that comes out of Z.B.'s mouth is uss liberty. obama will strike israel b4 he's out. if it's for the liberty expect a few 100 israeli dead. maybe we sink their vessels in the gulf or we down a few dozen of their planes. but. it gets worse. they knew about 9/11. and if obama has his way the numbers we will require will be 4 to 5 thousand dead. that's what the people of abraham will need to bring to obama's altar. and that means f-22 over their skies.
 

Justin Vale (13)
Wednesday March 4, 2015, 11:36 am
every single warrior we have ever send to the middle east; from ur lowest private to our highest generals are itching to open up n israel and light their existence up. why not let them go at it? we pay for all our boys wonderful toys. it's a lot of tax dollars to be wasting them shooting at arabs on pick-ups. lets go for the gusto. we kill three birds with one stone. we try out our toys, we satisfy the lust our warriors have for idf blood and e get rid of the zionist. obama's a jerk. but he's hitting this nail on the head and bibi has open the door.
 

Lois Jordan (63)
Wednesday March 4, 2015, 12:25 pm
Noted. Thanks, Cal.
Jon Stewart did an excellent comparison last night of a speech netanyahu gave before Congress just prior to the invasion of Iraq. It was blatant fearmongering as he pushed for invasion. He also gave another speech; remarkably similar to the one yesterday....warning about Iran acquiring nuclear weapons....speech was over a decade ago. Warmongers never change their tune.
 

Sherry D (47)
Wednesday March 4, 2015, 12:42 pm
Netanyahu once said he wants to squeeze all he can out of America and then watch us blow away. That man is no friend of our country. That is why the GOP welcomes him. They all think alike. Having him give that speech here is nothing but treason.
 

Janet B (0)
Wednesday March 4, 2015, 12:57 pm
Don't trust him!
 

Alexa R (319)
Wednesday March 4, 2015, 1:36 pm
Thank you Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, for placing your reputation and political career on the line to warn the U.S. Congress of the dangers of a nuclear Iran.

Thank you for your historic speech 'coincidentally' one day before the start of Purim. History had come full circle, and Netanyahu stood as an Esther, pleading with the leaders of the United States to stop this evil Haman, in ancient Persia, and his plans to annihilate Israel.

May the G-of Israel bless you and continue to bless Israel in the hour of our need. Am Yisrael Chai.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 4, 2015, 1:39 pm
Trust him or not, that's up to you, but you'd better start listening.

jazqueera and mongoscheiss?? Who are you kidding besides yourselves??
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 4, 2015, 1:42 pm
justin, you're slightly mistaken. The U.S. was warned about 9/11 well ahead of time. WHO ignored the warnings??
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 4, 2015, 1:45 pm
Sherry, do you have a credible link to support what Netanyahu supposedly said about squeezing the US, when he said it and where he said it? I have been researching for the past 20 minutes or so and can't locate that that speech or private conversation. Thank you.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 4, 2015, 2:01 pm
Barbara, unfortunately, people can have selective memory.
 

Gary L (138)
Wednesday March 4, 2015, 2:14 pm
Netanyahu is an arrogant war criminal and a polished liar the republicans who invited him should be tried for treason and Bob A the only person who is a hater and liar is you
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 4, 2015, 3:37 pm
"Lying haters?" That's personal on your part. Why do some liberals have to be so abrasive when we are here on a public forum expressing our personal opinions?
 

Ray M (0)
Wednesday March 4, 2015, 5:11 pm
What a slap in the face to our president. Republicans only did this unspeakable act to disrespect his presidency. Since when does America do what a foreign leader tells us to do? Who voted for him? Last time I voted, this foreigner was not on the ballot. Shame on this hateful act of the despicable republicans! Ugly is too nice a word for them.
 

Stan B (123)
Wednesday March 4, 2015, 5:20 pm
Diane. The reason is they don't have a leg to stand on when it comes to the facts so they resort to rudeness.
It's become a liberal thing.
I've never seen Gary post anything worth reading so he's best ignored.
 

Charlene Rush (79)
Wednesday March 4, 2015, 5:21 pm
SAME STORY ~ NEW PREDATOR

THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING, THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING !!!
For any of you, who don't get it, start with History 101.

The scare tactics should be quite familiar by now.
You can always tell a conservative with their vacabulary. They are afraid of everything. Add hatred to that scenario, and you've _Got Trouble in River City_.
For those who don't know what I'm talking about, it's fruitless, or you are too young. (No offense at being young.)
 

Charlene Rush (79)
Wednesday March 4, 2015, 5:32 pm
To Stan B.:
I promise not to resort to rudeness.

I was unaware that it took courage to start a war, and destroy the lives of many families, through death and/or loss of limb. In fact, it's the cowardly way out, especially when you aren't the one doing the actual fighting.
It takes an intelligent person to negotiate, and it takes an intelligent long-term thinking person, such as President Obama, to be able to accomplish what he has, in his short time as President.

Let's not act naive.
Netanyahu is a politician, through and through, and he's angling to win another election, and what better way to do it, than to start a war. He must have read George Bush's playbook.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 4, 2015, 6:38 pm
Charlie,

Nobody wants a war, including Netaniyahu. He said nothing about the war. He sad, that no agreement is better, than a bad agreement, and this is hard to argue.

Netaniyahu won many elections with and without going to conflicts with American presidents. I don't think he liked that conflict. But he definitely does not want Iranian mullas, promising to obliterate Israel, to have nukes. And I agree with him on that.

Do you?
 

Stan B (123)
Wednesday March 4, 2015, 9:32 pm
Charlie. Of course he's a politician but he also cares passionately about his country and people which is more than can be said about the present incumbent in the White House.
 

Colleen L (3)
Wednesday March 4, 2015, 11:45 pm
Why can't people just listen and work together and preventing problems throughout the World??? What ever happen to the word PEACE???? Thanks Cal
 

Emad Askarieh (0)
Thursday March 5, 2015, 7:26 am
I think this is enough:
Today only one aggressive, terrorist regime finds the nuclear talks irritating: Iran President
http://iranfrontpage.com/news/politics/governments/2015/03/today-only-one-aggressive-terrorist-regime-finds-the-nuclear-talks-irritating-president/
 

Emad Askarieh (0)
Thursday March 5, 2015, 7:30 am


oday only one aggressive, terrorist regime finds the nuclear talks irritating: President
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 5, 2015, 8:41 am
Here it is....


Iranian President fired back at Netanyahu for his attempts to sabotage talks between Iran and P5+1.

President Hassan Rouhani has said that if talks are designed to make things more transparent, Tehran will sit at the negotiating table, but that his government would not accept any deal meant to deprive the Iranian nation of their absolute right to scientific and technological progress.

Speaking in a meeting of his Cabinet Wednesday – in reaction to Israeli prime minister’s comments on Capitol Hill a day before – the president said we seek a deal that serves our national interests as well as those of the region and the wider world.

The world approves of progress in talks between Iran and P5+1 because such progress serves the commercial, economic and cultural interests of the region and the entire world as it helps settle the problems that have given rise to extremism around the globe, he said, adding, only one aggressive and occupying regime which sees its survival guaranteed in war and aggression is mad at the talks.

The president further said the Zionist regime has always been worried about the prospects of peace and stability in the region. “The al-Nusra Front, which is a terrorist grouping [operating in Syria] has the support of this regime. Those who want to see the region and the entire world become a better place should know that the path to regional development and progress goes through stability and security and that talks are the only way to settle the dispute over Iran’s nuclear program.”

President Rouhani stated, “People of the world and the United States are too smart to listen to the advice of a regime which has always fanned the flames of conflict; a regime that has always acted in defiance of international law and away from the eyes of international inspectors to build a huge nuclear arsenal; a regime that does not allow the IAEA to inspect its nuclear facilities; a regime that has time and again invaded its neighbors over the years; a regime that kills innocent people and children in the Gaza Strip.

“Such comments won’t leave an impact on the will of nations and governments; the basis of our interaction with the rest of the world is goodwill in return for goodwill, honesty in return for honesty, and trust in return for trust. We have always called for the emergence of a nuclear-free Middle East. My government has always been in quest of a win-win, balanced and sustainable deal and such a deal would certainly serve the interests of the Middle East and the world,” he said.

“P5+1 has two options to choose from. Either, it has to stick to the principles of logic and international law to reach a deal; the sooner that deal comes, the better it will be for everyone. Or it can opt to deny the realities and expect to see Iran’s peaceful nuclear program land on the fast track. They have once chosen the second option and found out that sanctions and pressures won’t work in dealing with Iran which has remained steadfast on its path,” the president concluded.

Quoting materials from Iran Front Page is permitted only if the source is mentioned by name.
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 5, 2015, 8:41 am
*“P5+1 has two options to choose from. Either, it has to stick to the principles of logic and international law to reach a deal; the sooner that deal comes, the better it will be for everyone. Or it can opt to deny the realities and expect to see Iran’s peaceful nuclear program land on the fast track. They have once chosen the second option and found out that sanctions and pressures won’t work in dealing with Iran which has remained steadfast on its path,” the president concluded.*

Quite the unsubtle threat.............
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 5, 2015, 8:44 am
Barbara, we posted at the same time! There are sketchy words used such as "peaceful" AND the most dangerous comment: "the president said we seek a deal that serves our national interests as well as those of the region and the wider world.

We know what that means to Iran.
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 5, 2015, 8:47 am
Emad lives in Iran.
 

Michael M (5)
Thursday March 5, 2015, 9:32 am
I don't recall the US needing Israel's permission nor do I recall the US needing their opinion.
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 5, 2015, 9:40 am
Obama has demonstrated that he is completely naïve when it comes to the Middle East.
 

Louise D (44)
Thursday March 5, 2015, 10:11 am
Given that many Israelis are genuinely embarrassed with Mr Netanyahu who has certainly helped stir up a lot of anti-Jewish sentiment far and wide. The political partisans of the GOP should not divide and weaken the U.S. by making alliances with foreign leaders against internal opponents. Mr Netanyahu's speech to Congress yesterday, held as its thesis the idea that if you love America then you must love Israel, and there can be no Israel outside of Netanyahu and his partisans. What the hawkish drivel that Netanyahu spoon fed in this moment staged by Republicans looking to score fast points against a sitting president is that kind of reflexive thinking leads to disaster . The most absurd implication Mr Netanyahu made by asserting that the American patriot is an Israeli patriot, and thus if you are a good American, you must also hate Iran, and you must in a specific way, by favoring the hawkish posture toward Iran that he holds. The problem is that in Israel it was met with a combination of shrugs and cynicism as it only served his desire for re-election more than helping stop Iran’s nuclear programme.
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 5, 2015, 10:22 am
Thank you for sharing someone's personal opinion. The first sentence is an assumption and cannot be supported by fact. The second sentence is false because it hasn't been established that the GOP divided or weakened anything with regard to Israel.

Obama is dead set on circumventing the Constitution again by not taking this to our congress. That's the problem. Our congress wants that "Iran deal" placed before them. Obama and Kerry have NO business making a deal on their own. They have to answer to our congress....
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 5, 2015, 10:35 am
Excuse me, but what a load of hogwash! While well-written, it's nothing but an ill-informed personal opinion based on who knows what (although we can certainly guess!).

BTW, many Israelis are NOT even vaguely embarrassed, much less genuinely. Unless, of course, you count chompsky as *many people*.
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 5, 2015, 11:53 am
Barbara, it's pure speculation. Personally, I would like to personally thank Netanyahu for speaking to our congress. He knows the Middle East better than anyone in Washington DC. He certainly knows how Iran operates. Obama and Kerry obviously have a great deal to learn about Iran. If I had to guess, I would say that Obama's Senior Advisor, Valerie Jarrett, laid out this negotiation for Obama and Kerry...word for word. That is precisely why it is such a bad plan. Whoever put it together needs to be fired IMO.
 

Janet B (0)
Thursday March 5, 2015, 12:48 pm
Thanks
 

firedup N (0)
Thursday March 5, 2015, 2:38 pm
Diane O. I agree
If only we in America could have a leader like Netanyahu who loves his country and it's people.
We are stuck with an immature selfish spoiled child
When Obama doesn't get his way he gets even
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 5, 2015, 2:55 pm
Unfortunately, we have 22 more months of Obama but we can see the light at the end of the tunnel to get back to the business of being the leader of the free world again. Obama has brought great financial concerns to our country with the illegal immigrants pouring in who expect food, housing, medical care and education and Obama is only too happy to oblige...while the taxpayers are struggling to take care of their own families.

It's comforting to know that the Obama's will soon be leaving Washington, DC. And, yes, Netanyahu was stellar this week. Our country hasn't seen leadership qualities like that in many years. I'm sure Obama was squirming in his chair with anger. He can never seem to see the big picture. He sees one picture and that's of himself.

He will be gone soon and so will Hillary LOL!
 

Stan B (123)
Thursday March 5, 2015, 4:38 pm
Diane. " whoever put this plan together needs to be fired." How do you fire the President?
Latest U S intelligence reports indicate that Iran helped the 9/11 terrorists before and after the attacks.
The U S should not be negotiating with Iran at all.
 

marie C (163)
Thursday March 5, 2015, 4:54 pm
Thanks
 

firedup N (0)
Thursday March 5, 2015, 4:58 pm
Just read in foreign paper that Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal told Kerry he does not like the deal Saying Iran is taking over Iraq
read it yourself for proof
 

Stephen Brian (23)
Thursday March 5, 2015, 11:33 pm
I don't know what speech other people were watching, but in the one I saw, Netanyahu actually just proposed a grand total of two minor amendments to the deal: Instead of setting a time-limit on sanctions,he wanted their end to be contingent upon an end to Iranian aggression, which he said seemed to be the intent. Instead of entrusting enforcement to the IAEA's inspectors, who are a non-enforcing reporting agency that has not always gotten full cooperation, he recommended that enforcement be left to the signatories of the sanctions, which seemed to be the intent of the treaty (though not the letter) anyways.

His big challenge to the deal was his statement that it would not work as written due to the two flaws he wanted addressed. He warned against it only because the presence of a non-functional deal would eliminate the political will to produce a functional one.
 

Klaus Peters (14)
Friday March 6, 2015, 6:22 am
Difficult times and difficult decisions have to be made, I feel for Israel. I follow 'United with Israel' to broaden my knowledge about this Holy country and its fight for survival.
I so much would love to visit Israel.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday March 6, 2015, 6:47 am
The support for Israel is very strong, Klaus.
 

Paul B (19)
Friday March 6, 2015, 1:06 pm
Iran's nuclear plans WILL lead to an expansion across the region. After allowing Iran to gain nuclear weapons capability, how are we to stop others from following suit.
I enjoyed Netanyahu's speech, powerful and directed.... we needed that.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday March 7, 2015, 6:17 pm
Klaus, Israel is a great place to visit. I went on a business trip this year, and had a chance to walk in Jerusalem, to eat real Israeli food (try steak!) and to talk to random Jews and Arabs.

As I went out of season, the accommodations were not expensive at all! May be I will take my family there for a vacation.
 
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