Obama Reaches Out to Netanyahu to Ease Concerns About Iran Nuclear Deal

After Israeli PM called agreement a "historic mistake"

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President Barack Obama called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Sunday in an effort to assuage concerns over the early morning nuclear deal with Iran.

Aboard Air Force One, Obama told Netanyahu that the P5+1 world powers are committed to finding a “lasting, peaceful, and comprehensive solution that would resolve the international community’s concerns regarding Iran’s nuclear program,” according to a statement, but also that the U.S. “will remain firm in our commitment to Israel, which has good reason to be skeptical about Iran’s intentions.”

The president wants to immediately begin consultations with Israel to negotiate plans to stay in close contact over the next six months.

Netanyahu had earlier called the deal a “historic mistake.”

In the early hours of Sunday, P+51 struck a deal with Iran to halt its nuclear program for six months, while diplomats negotiate an agreement to prevent development of a nuclear weapon.

[AP]

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TerryClifton02
TerryClifton02

I remember that "Historic" agreement between us and North Korea. Jimmy Carter received the Nobel Peace Prize for absolutely giving the farm away only to have North Korea to go back to the enrichment process. This "historic" agreement is nothing short of baloney. The liberal media have received their marching orders to tout this as something huge for Obama..Meanwhile the enrichment process continues, and there will be no delays in Iran developing their nuclear weapon capacity. In six months, Iran will tell Obama and his group of idiots, thanks fools for the 6 month delay..John Kerry (Thurston Howell III) is a complete buffoon, and every time he speaks caviar and champagne comes out the sides of his mouth as he speaks down to us as if he's the smartest person on the planet. Hopefully the house and senate will put a stop to this charade..Not holding my breath..

ThomasHall
ThomasHall

Netanyahu and the Israelis can also declare on Iran since they won't be happy unless somebody bombs them. Recall Israel urged GW Bush to invade Afghanistan and Iraq. Recall how many Israelis were engaged in these wars combined at over 20+ years or in the previous GHW Bush Iraq oil war? Without US military equipment and support the Israelis would be down to nukes only which would likely set off a full scale war and bring the end of the world scenarios that the fantasy Christians and their conservative GOP supporters.

Notice that Israel has had over 60 years to work out a separate homeland for the Palestinians that has fueled the Arab/Muslim hatred against them. Notice that Israel does not acknowledge its nuclear weapons, created in secret while putting up a false front to the US and the West and does not allow inspection of their nuclear capabilities.

Netanyahu is a right-wing extremist which makes him compatible with the war-mongering GOP who never go to war themselves they just profit from it.

reallife
reallife

Amateur hour at the White House... 

Will this stop Iran from sponsoring terrorism? NO

Will this stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons? NO

Thank God Netanyahu is there, he'll bomb them into oblivion as soon as they try anything



jmac
jmac

Netanyahu's two centrist ministers (Tzipi Livni and Yair Lapid) have called for better cooperation with the United States and a quieter, more dignified diplomacy campaign  in the days ahead.

It's one thing for Netanyahu to send a firm message that Iran's not off the hook, it's another thing to act like George W. Bush.  If anyone needs to learn from history, Victor Felix, it's Netanyahu.       

VictorFelix
VictorFelix

Iran striking parallel to The Axis just read and say yes

1930                                          2008

Stock exchange crash           Stock exchange crash

Democrats                               Democrats

Roosevelt                                 Obama

1939                                              2013

Hitler                                        Haminai & Co.

Germany                                     Iran

Mein Kampf                             Misinterpreted religious authority

The German people                The Iranian people

Austria – Italy - Spain               Syria - Lebanon

Franco – Mussolini                       Assad

Russia as always                       Russia as always

German Czech minority                    Hizbollah and Palestinians

Stalin                                                Putin

Japan                                                    North Korea

Europe as always                               Europe as always

Chamberlain                                     The Six or Seven or P-51

Treaty                                                      Treaty

Germany's rights to arms and space        Iran's rights to concentrate uranium

75 million casualties                                             ???

The Jews                                                     Israel – The unique difference

Central Europe countries                              Middle East countries


















AlphaJuliette
AlphaJuliette

Israel has longed lobbied for a US military strike.  Good for them in the short term, bad for us.  A short term benefit will turn into a long term miscalculation.  Once bombed Iran would simply strengthen its resolve and bury a new facility(s) deep in mountains and continue the research and development.  A military option isn't the best one right now.  Especially since the sanctions have brought them to this point in history. 

Bad for us; Our two military adventures in Iraq and Afghanistan plus our support for regime change in Libya, Egypt and now Syria isn't something we can point to and cite success.  The mistrust in the region toward the US is horrible.

This nuclear agreement with Iran is a hopefully good first step.  I don't believe a 6 month probationary period is out of the question.  It gives each side time to really build trust and calm jittery nerves.  One other thing the P5+1 need to do however is to work with our allies in the region to get their input and reinforce our commitments to them.  Can't leave nations like Israel and Saudi Arabia out of the equation.

sacredh
sacredh

I think the solution Netanyahu wants is for us to bomb Iran's nuclear facilities. Iran with a nuclear weapon would be a nightmare. Bombing the facilities would be a nightmare. There is no clean and easy solution to this problem, but a diplomatic solution looks like the best hope that we have. Bombing the facilities would release enormous amounts of radioactive materials into the atmosphere and the winds would decide where to poison the land. I think we have to go for a peaceful solution.

formerlyjames
formerlyjames

History is full of mistakes.  Considering the source here gives one pause to consider some of them.

jmac
jmac

Israel's Finance Minister (a centrist) is worried that Israel has lost the world's ear.   They have.   They need to get it back and one way to do it is quit playing to the right flank.   It's a good message for conservatives in this country also.  

ThomasHall
ThomasHall

@VictorFelix You are not very smart. Which college granted your degrees? The stock market Wall St. bankster fraud of 1927 occurred under Hoover not FDR who like Pres. Obama inherited a GOP-enabled deregulated bankster fraud of 2007 mess then turned it around without GOP support.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@VictorFelix And yet Iran is neither demanding land concessions nor has a history of launching wars of aggression the way Germany did. In fact in this example Israel would more closely resemble Germany, seeing as it has launched preemptive wars, occupies foreign territory and illegally developed its own nuclear arsenal.

ParthaNeogy
ParthaNeogy

@sacredh "Iran with a nuclear weapon would be a nightmare."

True.  But is the nightmare any worse than the tens of thousands of nuclear weapons already in the hands of the US, Russia/Ukraine, the UK, France, China, Israel, India, Pakistan and North Korea?