Netanyahu to Lobby Against Nuclear Deal

Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel, has launched a big campaign today to convince the powers of the world to toughen the proposed terms for the nuclear deal with Iran, ahead of the negotiations that are scheduled to reconvene in Geneva this week.

On Sunday, Netanyahu met with French President Francois Hollande, as part of a state visit for three days by the president of France.

Netanyahu is scheduled later Sunday to travel to Russia to visit with President Vladimir Putin before returning back to Israel to meet on Friday with John Kerry the U.S. Secretary of State.

Netanyahu condemned the proposal that is scheduled to be discussed in the third session of talks between Tehran and six world powers starting November 20. The proposal includes easing the economic sanctions against Iran, if the country suspends certain parts the country’s nuclear program.

Netanyahu insists that tough measures should not just remain in place, but be strengthened against Iran until the country dismantles its complete uranium enrichment program. Netanyahu says anything less would given Tehran the ability to develop nuclear bombs.

The Israeli prime minister’s position found some support in Congress in the U.S., where there is legislation for tough new sanctions coming to the floor in the Senate this week.

Netanyahu said this issue would be at the top of the agenda during talks with French President Hollande. Israel has given praise to France for its tough stance during the previous negotiations.

Hollande is opposed to lifting sanctions on Tehran until the government provides more guarantees that atomic weapons are not being pursued. Tehran has accused France of blocking the agreement.

At a ceremony to welcome Hollande at the Tel Aviv airport, the French president said he would take into account the worries of Israel. He spoke in Hebrew saying he will always be a friend of Israel.

Kerry has created a stir inside Israel after accusing it of being over-reactive in response to the proposed nuclear deal.

Netanyahu said that Kerry was a good friend of his and is always one of Israel’s friends, which was more of a conciliatory tone at the end of what could only be described as an acrimonious visit to Israel by the top diplomat of the U.S.

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