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Iran Nuclear Deal Threatens Israel’s ‘Survival,’ Netanyahu Says

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Iran Nuclear Deal Threatens Israel’s ‘Survival,’ Netanyahu Says

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By Batsheva Sobelman and Laura King, Los Angeles Times (TNS)

JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday renewed his harsh criticism of the preliminary nuclear pact with Iran, declaring it a danger to his country’s existence.

Hours before the start of the Passover holiday, which begins at sundown Friday, Netanyahu huddled with his “security Cabinet” — made up of his most senior ministers on military, diplomatic and security issues — to discuss the framework agreements signed in Lausanne, Switzerland on Thursday.

“The Cabinet is united in its opposition to the deal reached with Iran,” Netanyahu said in a statement issued after the meeting. “This deal would pose a grave danger to the region and to the world, and would threaten the very survival of the State of Israel.”

Although Netanyahu showed no sign of softening his stance, some Israeli commentators described the nuclear agreement’s preliminary terms as surprisingly favorable.

“If the framework presented becomes the final agreement … even Israel could learn to live with it,” commentator Ron Ben-Yishai wrote on the Ynet website. However, he cautioned, “we must be wary of appearances_too many key issues still remain unresolved.”

Under the framework accord, Iran is to sharply curtail its uranium enrichment capacity in exchange for an easing of punitive sanctions that have devastated its economy.

Before the outlines of the deal were announced, Israel refused to rule out a unilateral strike to quell Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz said Thursday that “if we have no choice, we have no choice,” adding, “The military option is on the table.”

Some observers, though, said such talk amounted to little more than bluster.

“The time has come to stop fantasizing and to connect with reality: Israel does not have a military option to destroy the Iranian nuclear program,” columnist Nahum Barnea wrote in Friday’s editions of the Yediot Ahronoth daily. “Even if it had such an option in the past, it expired.”

Some commentators suggested that President Obama’s decision to call Netanyahu to discuss the accord could signal a potential thaw in icy relations between prime minister and the White House_a rift that has been greatly exacerbated by the Iran nuclear issue. The Haaretz daily, however, characterized the two leaders’ conversation as “difficult.”

The prime minister infuriated the U.S. administration earlier this month when he defied White House wishes and delivered a speech to a joint session of Congress lobbying against the president’s plan to try to strike a deal with Iran. Some urged Netanyahu to take advantage of an opportunity to get back in good graces with the U.S., saying such a course of action would allow Israel to wield more influence over the final shape of the accord.

Amos Yadlin, a former head of Israeli military intelligence, told Israel’s Channel 10 that Netanyahu should pursue a “grand strategy” of cooperating with the U.S. on the Palestinian issue and curtailing settlement activity outside established blocs, or risk further alienating Washington.

“The danger is that the disconnect with the U.S. will lead to a poor agreement with Iran, all for the sake of building in remote settlements that Israel will never keep in a future agreement,” Yadlin said.

Others, though, said it would be difficult now for Netanyahu to climb down from his fierce opposition to any deal — particularly as he seeks to keep right-wing allies happy as he sets about forming a government in the wake of his party’s electoral success earlier this month.

In Iran too, backers of the accord were having to contend with criticism from hard-liners. Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif, who returned to Tehran on Friday from the Lausanne talks, sought to calm opponents, declaring in a tweet that “the solutions are good for all, as they stand.”

Special correspondent Sobelman reported from Jerusalem and staff writer King from Cairo. Special correspondent Rahim Mostaghim contributed to this report from Tehran.

(c)2015 Los Angeles Times, Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC

Photo: Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the U.N. General Assembly. September 27, 2012. (UNIC / John Gillespie via Flickr)

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  1. Joseph April 3, 2015

    His outrage is undrstandable. His anger at the only country in the world that has been carrying his water for five decades is now trying to make the world a better place.

    I think he should sever diplomatic relations with the USA, loose our phone number and return the lions share of the physical aid we have given the country. Now.

    Don’t call us we’ll call you. (And take Sheldon Adelson with you.)

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    1. jakenhyde April 4, 2015

      Right on, Joseph. The Israelites believe that they are god’s chosen people. So let god help them. We’ve already spent way too many billions, if not trillions, of dollars on that useless piece of sand.

      1. kenndeb April 4, 2015

        We spend millions on the Emperor’s vacations.

        1. jakenhyde April 4, 2015

          We’ve spent approximately half what we spent on King George Dubya’s time away from the White House. Or, are you like a lot of conservatives going to say that was in the past so it doesn’t count.
          If you’re afraid of the actual truth, then for heaven’s sake don’t read the link I’m posting. Because it says that for the same periods of time, Obama was away from the White house less than half the time King George spend away from it.
          http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2014/aug/23/who-took-more-vacation-george-w-bush-or-barack-oba/

          1. kenndeb April 4, 2015

            Bush took his vacations mostly at the family ranch. The Emperor doesn’t have a real family in America. Perhaps that is why he took that lavish vacation to his home in Kenya? Last month he had to be on the Kimmell Show, so he fired up AF One . Of course, his wife? also just had to be on Ellen, and they couldn’t possibly This is not a President. This is a tyrant that spends taxpayer money like it is water .

          2. jakenhyde April 4, 2015

            How in hell do you think Dubya got down to Texas? Did you think he rode his bike? He took AF1 as well.
            You, like so many other conservatives hate to admit it when you’re proven wrong.
            In case you didn’t read the link I sent, it said at the time it was printed that Duyba had taken 407 vacations away from the oval office. At that same period in his presidency, Obama had been away 125 times.
            But if you REALLY want to get into who has cost our country the most money, it’s Dubya hands down. Over a trillion dollars for his private war. And we’re still reaping the disaster that he caused in the Middle East. Any money, even today, that is spent on that mess over there is due to King George’s Incursion into a sovereign country. And please don’t try to tell us that they actually found WMDs over there. What they found was a bunch of fire power that the USA had sent to Saddan when he was fighting the Ayatollah in Iran.

          3. bobnstuff April 4, 2015

            124 million is the cost to the tax payers for President Bush’s vacation at the ranch. Presidents Obama has spent about half that amount total. It would be nice if you got facts before you posted from reliable sources.

          4. bikejedi April 5, 2015

            Give me a break no one has spent more then Obama on vacays … And Bush going to his ranch saved the Tax Payers millions and was easy on the Secret Service because it was a constant secured area

          5. kenndeb April 5, 2015

            I guess if the Emperor was an American, he too, would have a place in the country that he called home, instead of Kenya.

          6. bobnstuff April 5, 2015

            77 trips to the ranch at $178,000 each way on Air Force One. The ranch cost a lot more for security then the White House. Go look up the numbers.

          7. bikejedi April 5, 2015

            Maybe but not as much as Spain Africa Hawaii …well you get where I am going
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          8. bobnstuff April 5, 2015

            Just in over seas trips

            Obama 39 trips 84 countries

            G.W. Bush 48 trips 140 countries

            Clinton 54 trips 133 countries

            G.H. Bush 26 trips 60 countries

            Reagan 25 trips 49 countries

            Obama 125 vacation days

            G.W. Bush 407 vacation.

            Look at the numbers and tell me President Obama cost more. By any standerd President Obama is a home body when compared to G.W.

          9. dpaano May 1, 2015

            Apparently, you haven’t learned how to research the facts!!!

          10. bikejedi May 1, 2015

            Know them well

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          11. BillP April 5, 2015

            bob don’t waste any time or effort on these two trolls, bikejedi and kendoll. When you provide provable facts they will either ignore them or try to push off some non-verifiable facts as proof that they are correct. At the same point in their presidencies W took 407 days vacation – 386 at his ranch and 26 days at his parent’s home in Maine, President Obama took 125 days. As for the cost of these vacations – “The problem is that Bush wasn’t thrifty. He was the most expensive vacation president in U.S. history. Not only did Bush spend more days on vacation than any other president, but he used Air Force One more often while on vacation than any other president. In response to growing criticism that the president was on vacation too much, the Bush administration adopted the Rovian tactic of scheduling, “work events” while the president was in Crawford so that they could claim that President Bush’s vacations were working vacations.

            During Bush’s two terms, the cost of operating Air Force One ranged from $56,800 to $68,000 an hour. Bush used Air Force One 77 times to go to his ranch in Crawford, Texas. Using the low end cost of $56,800, Media Matters calculated that each trip to Crawford cost taxpayers $259,687, and $20 million total for Bush’s ranch flights. If cost of the flight was the only expense involved to taxpayers, Bush’s vacations would still seem rather economical, but there is more, much more. The cost of transporting and accommodating staff, media, friends and family is not included in Bush’s vacation numbers.” Of course these 2 trolls will say this isn’t true because it doesn’t agree with their bias against President Obama. They forget that housing had to be built for the Secret Service personnel that had to be near W’s ranch. Little facts like these don’t penetrate their brains.

          12. dpaano May 1, 2015

            By the way, the president and his wife pay for their own vacations….the taxpayers only pay for their security and the travel on Air Force One, which is part of the perks they have been given by we taxpayers for being our president and having to put up with idiots like you!!!

        2. bikejedi April 5, 2015

          They wont get this and all they try to do is spin off what a bad deal this Iran thing is for the World

        3. dpaano May 1, 2015

          As we did for all the other presidents who took vacations…..like Bush Jr. He took over 300 days of vacation just in his first 4 years!!! Who paid for that? How quickly you forget!

    2. Grannysmovin April 4, 2015

      Why doesn’t Adelson open casinos in Israel. Here is an e-mail I sent to Rabbi
      Shmuley Boteach:
      Over the past few months you appear on TV and now take out ads spewing violence over peace, hatred over compassion, intolerance over acceptance.
      Why do you not live in Israel since you have contempt and hatred for the
      President of the United States and the Democratic process that put him in the
      oval office twice.

      Israel spews hatred, intolerance and their only solution is violence. July 2014 Israeli Deputy Speaker Moshe Feiglin wrote an op-ed calling for the ethnic cleansing of Gaza. This is what people of the Jewish faith call for, what makes this any different than the horrific acts of the Holocaust? Where were the ads taken out by you denouncing the writings of Moshe Feiglin?

      This is what Netanyahu was recorded saying about my country in 2001 about relations with the United States and the peace process. “I know what America is,” Netanyahu told a group of terror victims, apparently not knowing his words were being recorded. “America is a thing you can move very easily, move it in the right direction. They won’t get in their way.” http://voices.washingtonpost.com/checkpointwashington/2010/07/netanyahu_america_is_a_thing_y.html

      What about the way Israel treated African migrants who came to Israel fleeing persecution. A photo showed African migrants behind barbed wire at the Saharonim detention facility. http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/netanyahu-s-racism-against-african-migrants-by-proxy.premium-1.508194

      Israel is not innocent and shows no tolerance for non-jews, I had such great admiration and respect for the Jewish people, until I heard from you and Netanyahu and read articles. “The Jews are called human beings, but the non-Jews are not humans. They are beasts.” – Talmud: Baba mezia, 114b

      1. Joseph April 4, 2015

        Excellent! I doubt you will hear form the rabbi since the issue is not debate but destruction of non-jews.

      2. bikejedi April 5, 2015

        Obama and his Muslim agenda have softened your brain . When did Israel who has faced nothing but attacks from Muslim terrorist groups become the bad guy …Any Negotiator will tell you that you don’t give up a position of power before a begotiation starts . Obama did just that by easing the sanctions and freeing up 12 billion dollars . Iran is using our money to fund their Nuclear ambitions and to fund Terrorist groups like Al Shabab who just murdered over 100 Christians in their latest Muslim Terrorist attack . They had no incentive to negotiate and it showed .. They at on their hands just waiting to see what else Obama would give them . They also saw his last negotiation which resulted in the 5 for 1 for an Army deserter so they knew he was inept . What did the deal bring ? Well Obama gave in on number of centrifuges and according to the Iranian FM no inspections on Military sites . So why even make the deal … Obama said the World would know if Iran breaks the deal and I thought .. Yes when they Nuke someone and it is too late . The French said the US surrendered and if anyone knows what surrender looks like it is the French … Meanwhile the Iranian General and Kohemeni are still saying death to America and that the destruction of Israel is non negotiable . the Iranian FM stated that the deal ENSURES FULL implementation of their Nuclear program while the U S lifts all sanctions .. Iranian people danced in the street on this news … Obama said it was a good deal but he is the same guy who thought the 5 for 1 dor Bergdahl was a good deal and he is a noted liar to boot

        1. Grannysmovin April 5, 2015

          It is Easter Sunday – I am not dealing with people who suffer from Obama Derangement Syndrom. See your doctor.

          1. bikejedi April 5, 2015

            Yes Obama is deranged for making such a one sided deal . No need for a Dr and there are fewer and fewer thanks to Obamacare . I didn’t know that Liberals were allowed to be Christians any more I thought it wasn’t allowed under your ObamaIslamic Religion … Happy Easter … Hope I don’t get the Liberals mad for saying that .

        2. latebloomingrandma April 5, 2015

          I think we’re collectively tired of your copy and paste.

          1. bikejedi April 6, 2015

            Just trying to illustrate the absurdity of the left and enlighten as many people as I can
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          2. Wedge Shot April 7, 2015

            You have given us many lessens in absurdity.
            Your crap is way beyond absurdity and borders on lunacy.

          3. bikejedi April 7, 2015

            Sure and that is why you make accusations while not being able to dispute anything I posted
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    3. highpckts April 4, 2015

      Oh that is a big amen!!

  2. johninPCFL April 4, 2015

    The big fear in Israel is that once Iran signs such a transparency deal, the pressure will be on for Israel to do the same, and the world will learn that Israel has nukes in place aimed at the Arab world.

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    1. highpckts April 4, 2015

      Of course they do and I would also like to know who decides if a country is trust worthy or not? According to the Middle Eastern countries, we and half of Europe are not trust worthy. Is Russian trustworthy?? Just curious as to how they reach such a decision.

      1. ralphkr April 4, 2015

        Well, highpockets, back in the good old days of the USSR they were the “lesser Satan” even though they were supplying the Muslim states with arms while the USA was, and is, the “greater Satan”. Nice to know that someone considers us great.

    2. Magnus Thunderson April 4, 2015

      Nor do the Israeli cry out in the streets destroy Iran destroy Egypt

      1. Wedge Shot April 8, 2015

        They do not have to cry out because they are constantly at war with someone. What they have done to the Palestinians is criminal.

  3. highpckts April 4, 2015

    Send Boehner, Adelson and whoever sides with this warmonger to Israel and let them live out their lives in this money grubbing, bigoted “state” without any foreign aid at all. I am, personally tired of the Jewish people calling this President a killer because he doesn’t support this out and out “defection”!

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    1. bikejedi April 5, 2015

      Wow.Any Negotiator will tell you that you don’t give up a position of power before a begotiation starts . Obama did just that by easing the sanctions and freeing up 12 billion dollars . Iran is using our money to fund their Nuclear ambitions and to fund Terrorist groups like Al Shabab who just murdered over 100 Christians in their latest Muslim Terrorist attack . They had no incentive to negotiate and it showed .. They at on their hands just waiting to see what else Obama would give them . They also saw his last negotiation which resulted in the 5 for 1 for an Army deserter so they knew he was inept . What did the deal bring ? Well Obama gave in on number of centrifuges and according to the Iranian FM no inspections on Military sites . So why even make the deal … Obama said the World would know if Iran breaks the deal and I thought .. Yes when they Nuke someone and it is too late . The French said the US surrendered and if anyone knows what surrender looks like it is the French … Meanwhile the Iranian General and Kohemeni are still saying death to America and that the destruction of Israel is non negotiable . the Iranian FM stated that the deal ENSURES FULL implementation of their Nuclear program while the U S lifts all sanctions .. Iranian people danced in the street on this news … Obama said it was a good deal but he is the same guy who thought the 5 for 1 dor Bergdahl was a good deal and he is a noted liar to boot.

      1. Wedge Shot April 8, 2015

        I’ll bet you know all about negotiations. The last time you negotiated something it was your mortgage and you didn’t realize that it would reset at a much higher rate after a couple of years. Lost that house didn’t you and have been renting since then because your credit score is below 650. .

        1. bikejedi April 8, 2015

          Sounds like you have nothing but attempted liberal insult
          ..How immature and intolerant yet typically liberal . A lot of people have list their shirt due to obamacare …I’m not one of them . Since you mentioned houses I’m moving into a new one …Bye bye Democrats of Chicago I will no longer pay your high taxes for crumbling streets shit schools and an undermanned Police Dept …Hello Glenview Sent from my ZTE Sonata 4G, a Cricket 4G smartphone

          1. Wedge Shot April 9, 2015

            Why don’t you move to Russia. You and Snowden can hold hands.

          2. bikejedi April 9, 2015

            So you can’t dispute a single thing I stated and you still want to post immaturely and intolerantly …Have fun defending Obama and I hope you don’t have kids …His Iran Nuke deal will probably mean they have no future …But please continue to be immature …Also since you are the communist backer shouldn’t you be the one moving to Russia ?
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  4. Magnus Thunderson April 4, 2015

    This is a win as knowing out 1600 center fugues to 900 and dismantling there plutonium reactor which can Make weaons grade plutonium and UN over sight is much better then nothing

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    1. bikejedi April 5, 2015

      Any Negotiator will tell you that you don’t give up a position of power before a begotiation starts . Obama did just that by easing the sanctions and freeing up 12 billion dollars . Iran is using our money to fund their Nuclear ambitions and to fund Terrorist groups like Al Shabab who just murdered over 100 Christians in their latest Muslim Terrorist attack . They had no incentive to negotiate and it showed .. They at on their hands just waiting to see what else Obama would give them . They also saw his last negotiation which resulted in the 5 for 1 for an Army deserter so they knew he was inept . What did the deal bring ? Well Obama gave in on number of centrifuges and according to the Iranian FM no inspections on Military sites . So why even make the deal … Obama said the World would know if Iran breaks the deal and I thought .. Yes when they Nuke someone and it is too late . The French said the US surrendered and if anyone knows what surrender looks like it is the French … Meanwhile the Iranian General and Kohemeni are still saying death to America and that the destruction of Israel is non negotiable . the Iranian FM stated that the deal ENSURES FULL implementation of their Nuclear program while the U S lifts all sanctions .. Iranian people danced in the street on this news … Obama said it was a good deal but he is the same guy who thought the 5 for 1 dor Bergdahl was a good deal and he is a noted liar to boot… wow

      1. Magnus Thunderson April 6, 2015

        it true they could still build a bomb with the reduced numbers of centrifuges but it wound turn there county dark as the remaining centrifuges will be only enough to keep Iran nuclear reactors running

        1. bikejedi April 7, 2015

          How does anyone know if they haven’t enriched enough already ? We don’t . The current plan doesn’t even allow for snap inspections
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          1. Magnus Thunderson April 9, 2015

            We don’t nor will we with out spot inspections which is part of the deal which is why this is a good deal as any deal is better then none as the sanctions are not hurting the elite at all

          2. bikejedi April 9, 2015

            Wrong …According to the Iranian FM no snap inspections and no inspections of military sites . Today Rouhani made further demands that all sanctions be removed immediately or no deal …They are in the position of power because we already eased sanctions …By the way …that ” sanctions weren’t working ” .. talking point is a lie ..Most analysts think we were a month maybe two away from crippling their central bank and that would have stopped their program . You can go to Seen Kirks web site for a great breakdown . Sent from my ZTE Sonata 4G, a Cricket 4G smartphone

      2. Wedge Shot April 7, 2015

        You are very boring. I doesn’t matter how many times you post the same Sh** it is still Sh**.

        1. bikejedi April 7, 2015

          And it doesn’t matter how many times you criticize something you can’t debate ..
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        2. Louis Allen April 8, 2015

          Wedge:
          You should know ….

  5. bikejedi April 5, 2015

    Any Negotiator will tell you that you don’t give up a position of power before a begotiation starts . Obama did just that by easing the sanctions and freeing up 12 billion dollars . Iran is using our money to fund their Nuclear ambitions and to fund Terrorist groups like Al Shabab who just murdered over 100 Christians in their latest Muslim Terrorist attack . They had no incentive to negotiate and it showed .. They at on their hands just waiting to see what else Obama would give them . They also saw his last negotiation which resulted in the 5 for 1 for an Army deserter so they knew he was inept . What did the deal bring ? Well Obama gave in on number of centrifuges and according to the Iranian FM no inspections on Military sites . So why even make the deal … Obama said the World would know if Iran breaks the deal and I thought .. Yes when they Nuke someone and it is too late . The French said the US surrendered and if anyone knows what surrender looks like it is the French … Meanwhile the Iranian General and Kohemeni are still saying death to America and that the destruction of Israel is non negotiable . the Iranian FM stated that the deal ENSURES FULL implementation of their Nuclear program while the U S lifts all sanctions .. Iranian people danced in the street on this news … Obama said it was a good deal but he is the same guy who thought the 5 for 1 dor Bergdahl was a good deal and he is a noted liar to boot

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    1. charleo1 April 6, 2015

      No, your comment didn’t make any more sense the first time you copied, and pasted it, than it did the 4th time. Nor does this worn out, GOP dog and pony show of opposition to everything Obama, make any more sense in this instance, than it did, when they said he was wrecking the economy, or was hostile to business. And this opposition comes with exactly the same zero ideas, or alternative, workable proposals as the show has always had. Just a lot false conflation, personal attacks on the President. And the recently taken up habit of the un- American practice of lionizing foreign leaders who come over here, lobbying for their own Country’s priorities. While the GOP fawns like a bunch of school girls, over them, if they have issues with our President. Netanyahu might run things in the welfare dependent State of Israel. But no one voted for the war mongering ideologue here in the U.S. A fact that seems lost entirely on most of the anti-everything…. GOP.

    2. johninPCFL April 6, 2015

      Which sanctions were eased?

  6. charleo1 April 6, 2015

    What happened to, “We should never negotiate out of fear, but we should never fear to negotiate?” What? Now, we’re just going to start bombing everyone we have issues with then? How is that working out for us lately? Military contractors love it, of course.

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  7. Wedge Shot April 7, 2015

    I wish Netanyahu would shut the F up. I am sick of hearing his crap. He wouldn’t settle for Iran converting to a Jewish state. He is a war mongering traitor of the United States that wants us to go to war with Iran. I used to have respect for Israel right up until they stopped having respect for the Executive branch of the us government and the president of the United States.
    Go to hell Netanyahu. The US should stop enabling your treatment of the Palestinians and for constantly wanting war.

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  8. Wedge Shot April 7, 2015

    Charge the 47 Republican Senators with violation of the Logan Act and have the Attorney General draw up papers for an indictment.
    Lousy traitorous Republican’s have crossed the line and tried to usurp the power of the Executive branch of our government and the President of the United States.

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