Netanyahu warns Kerry: Israel not bound by any deal between Iran and West

Barak Ravid — Haaretz Nov 8, 2013

Israel does not see itself bound by an agreement between Tehran and the six world powers over Iran’s nuclear program, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Friday morning.

In a tense meeting with Kerry ahead of his departure to Geneva to join negotiations between the P5+1 and Iran, Netanyahu said that that Israel does not see itself committed to any deal between Iran and world powers.

Kerry called off making a statement before the meeting in an attempt to avoid a public confrontation. But Netanyahu decided to go ahead with a statement on his own and slammed a possible agreement between Iran and the six world powers.

Iran had got “the deal of the century and the international community got a bad deal,” Netanyahu said. “Israel utterly rejects it and many in the region share my opinion, whether or not they express that publicly. Israel is not obliged by this agreement and Israel will do everything it needs to do to defend itself and the security of its people.”

“I understand that the Iranians are walking around very satisfied in Geneva as well they should be because they got everything and paid nothing,” he said. “They got everything they wanted; they wanted relief of sanctions after years of a grueling sanctions regime, they got that. They are paying nothing because they are not reducing in any way their nuclear enrichment capability,” he said.

The meeting between the two leaders is the third in barely 48 hours. Kerry was expected to leave immediately for Geneva after the meeting at the invitation of European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Aston “in an effort to help narrow the differences” between Iran and world powers, according to a senior U.S. official.

According to the deal being formulated in Geneva, Iran would suspend most of its uranium enrichment for six months in exchange for a temporary ease of sanctions.

Kerry, whose visit was unplanned, is expected to meet with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and make a joint statement on reaching a “first step” deal to curb the Iranian nuclear program.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius will also arrive in Geneva to join the meeting between Kerry, Ashton and Zarif, AFP reported on Friday.


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