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Slip-sliding away: American Jewish support for I$raHell


“A large majority of Israelis, nearly four in five, believes Israel’s future is dependent on the country’s ties to American Jewry, a new poll of Israeli public opinion has found,”reports the Times of Israel.

If the poll is accurate, then Israelis are in for a shock.

As we reported last month, a recent poll of American Jews by the Pew Research Centre confirms that American Jews are turning away from Israel, with nearly a third (31 per cent) saying they did not feel attached to the Zionist state and another 39 per cent feeling only “somewhat” attached.

That’s not all.

Spare a few moments to read this. The writer, Brad Rothschild, is not a peace activist but an American Jew and a former speechwriter for Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, Gad Ya’acobi. In a blog post, also published in the Times of Israel, he describes his journey from believing in “Israel right or wrong” to acknowledging the ugly reality of the Zionist state.

…with Israel and the US increasingly at odds over the prospect of peace with the Palestinians, can Israel still count on the unconditional support of American Jews?

More than 20 years ago I asked myself the same question about where my loyalties lay. It was right after the end of the first Gulf War and then President George Bush Sr was pressuring the Israelis to attend a regional peace conference with the goal of initiating direct negotiations between Israel and its Arab neighbours. Israel’s prime minister at the time, Yitzhak Shamir, was reluctant to attend and I remember thinking for the first time about where I would stand if the United States and Israel found themselves on opposite sides of a dispute.

Of course I supported Israel; it’s the state of the Jews… My support for Israel was unquestioned… Several months later, after graduating college, I moved to Israel to see if it was where I really belonged.

The two years that I spent in Israel proved to be defining ones for me. I lived both on a kibbutz and in Jerusalem; I discovered a love for the Hebrew language and for Hebrew culture. Most importantly, I met all kinds of Israelis – secular and religious, sabras [Israelis born in occupied Palestine] and new immigrants, rightists and left-wingers, Jews and Arabs. I learned the country’s history by talking to the people who lived it on a daily basis. But for the first time, I also was exposed to the realities of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza and saw how Israel’s domination of the Palestinians was doing grave damage to both sides. The more time I spent there, the more I began to think differently about “my Israel, right or wrong”…

In the years since [Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak] Rabin’s assassination, I have watched, though not in silence, as Israel has become less democratic, more intolerant and noticeably more intransigent in its refusal to relinquish the West Bank and allow for the establishment of a Palestinian state alongside it. I have stood in Tel Aviv’s Levinsky Park and listened to racist lawmakers rail against African “infiltrators”. In Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood I have witnessed Jews attempting to dispossess Palestinians of their homes. And I have listened to Israeli teenagers lecture about how Arabs are “different” than we are and need to be dealt with harshly…

I am not blind to the complex reality of the region and I certainly do not hold Israel solely responsible for the lack of peace, but I am saddened by what I see Israel becoming. In this sadness I am not alone. As an American and as a Jew, my loyalties lie with democracy, pluralism and freedom. I am now and will always be on the side that upholds these values. If American Jews are questioning their support for Israel, perhaps it says something more about Israel than it does about American Jews.

Today, if faced with the same question that I asked myself all those years ago, I doubt that I would come up with the same answer. The fact that Israel exists is no longer sufficient to guarantee my unquestioning loyalty…

We may not agree with all the sentiments expressed by Brad Rothschild but there’s no doubting that where once American Jewish support for Israel was akin to a Pavlovian reflex, nowadays one can only say it’s slip-sliding away, slip-sliding away.

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by Madd Cold (Jonathan Azaziah)

Everyday is 3ashoura, everyday is Karbala, ya 7ussein, we were born from your breath/Warrior of the highest order, a glorious lion’s heart that roars in your chest/Martyrdom over humiliation, we long for the pureness of death/With no fear or pain, we fight against the bane in your name, ya 7ussein, ya 7ussein, this is for the oppressed/For the truthful mother leaving her abusive husband to protect her kids/For the Kansas girl whose parents when she reverts to Islam, works the hijab, they just will not let her live/For the crack fiend cured now, close to the Supreme Lord (SWT) now since he gave up the drugs/Ya 7ussein, you taught us that the hate is too weak to reign against the greatness of love/

Ya 7ussein, we now fight the successorship of the wretchedness you battled when you outwilled Yazid/Nihilist Hollywood and Zionist Lobby hoods, can’t break my will or kill my dreams/of exposing and then overthrowing your plots/This is for the Palestinian child holding a rock/and throwing it though the tank approaching told him to stop/From Nabi Sale7 to Tulkarem to Bil3in/For the Syrian fighting so furiously to make the conspiracy bleed, leaving all the Gulf corrupters harmed/For the Lebanese ladies undaunted even after their sons are martyred by unexploded Israeli cluster bombs/Ya 7ussein, ya 7ussein, we’re united like the light of your companions on Euphrates, we’ll defend you, into the dark as we march to crush Dajjal/

Ya 7ussein, I can feel your blaze, it is molded in the stars/Brigades to struggle against the invaders’ trouble are named after Ali Akbar, Ali Asghar, Muslim, Abbas, Aqeel, their pain is real, we feel it as the soldiers of ALLAH (SWT)/Undoing the ruin the hypocrites have engaged in, they are slaves to the rulers who are oppressing the Ummah, they are doomed in their schemes/Ya 7ussein, it is those who oppose the oppressor like you, who are truly mouja7ideen/We abide by the guidelines of Al-Wa7id (SWT) as we make our moves/We are the children of Kufa, al-Quds, Damascus and 3aytaroun/And we refuse to go down or be silenced/Ya 7ussein, in your name, we will never bow to the tyrants/

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I$raHell to send ‘rescue team’ to devastated Philippines


Times of Israel

Israel will send a team this week to assist local NGOs and UN agencies in treating hundreds of thousands of people affected by a powerful typhoon that hit the Philippines Friday.

The IsraAID team, supported by the AJC and Jewish communities in North America, will be comprised of medical, trauma and relief professionals. The team will work primarily in Tacloban City in Leyte, according to a statement released by IsraAID Saturday.

Rescuers in the central Philippines on Saturday counted hundreds of people dead — with estimates of a death toll topping 1,000 — a day after one of the most powerful typhoons on record ripped through the region, wiping away buildings and leveling seaside homes with massive storm surges.

With communications and roads still cut off, Capt. John Andrews, deputy director general of the Civil Aviation Authority, said he had received “reliable information” by radio from his staff that more than 100 bodies were lying in the streets of the city of Tacloban on hardest-hit Leyte Island. It was one of six islands that Typhoon Haiyan slammed into Friday.

Regional military commander Lt. Gen. Roy Deveraturda said that the casualty figure “probably will increase,” after viewing aerial photographs of the widespread devastation caused by the typhoon, which was heading toward Vietnam after moving away from the Philippines.

Cabinet Secretary Rene Almendras, a senior aide to President Benigno Aquino III, said that the number of casualties could not be immediately determined, but that the figure was probably in the range given by Andrews. Government troops were helping recover bodies, he said.

Civil aviation authorities in Tacloban, a city of 200,000 located about 580 kilometers (360 miles) southeast of Manila, reported that the seaside airport terminal was “ruined” by storm surges, Andrews said.

U.S. Marine Col. Mike Wylie, who surveyed the damage in Tacloban prior to possible American assistance, said that the damage to the runway was significant. Military planes were still able to land with relief aid.

“The storm surge came in fairly high and there is significant structural damage and trees blown over,” said Wylie, who is a member of the U.S.-Philippines Military Assistance Group based in Manila.

US Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement that America “stands ready to help.”

Joseph de la Cruz, who was attending a meeting in Tacloban when the typhoon struck and hitched a ride on a military plane back to Manila, said he had counted at least 15 bodies.

“A lot of the dead were scattered,” he said, adding that he walked for about eight hours to reach the Tacloban airport.

Weather officials said Haiyan had sustained winds of 235 kph with gusts of 275 kph when it made landfall. By those measurements, Haiyan would be comparable to a strong Category 4 hurricane in the US, nearly in the top category, a 5.

Hurricanes, cyclones and typhoons are the same thing. They are just called different names in different parts of the world.

Fresh reports emerged Saturday from the devastated areas.

Vice Mayor Jim Pe of Coron town on Busuanga, the last island battered by the typhoon before it blew away to the South China Sea, said most of the houses and buildings there had been destroyed or damaged. Five people drowned in the storm surge and three others are missing, he said by phone.

“It was like a 747 flying just above my roof,” he said, describing the sound of the winds. He said his family and some of his neighbors whose houses were destroyed took shelter in his basement.

Philippine broadcaster ABS-CBN showed fierce winds whipping buildings and vehicles as storm surges swamped Tacloban with debris-laden floodwaters.

In the aftermath, people were seen weeping while retrieving bodies of loved ones inside buildings and on a street that was littered with fallen trees, roofing material and other building parts torn off in the typhoon’s fury. All that was left of one large building whose walls were smashed in were the skeletal remains of its rafters.

ABS-CBN television anchor Ted Failon, who was able to report only briefly Friday from Tacloban, said the storm surge was “like the tsunami in Japan.”

“The sea engulfed Tacloban,” he said, explaining that a major part of the city is surrounded on three sides by the waters between Leyte and Samar islands.

The Philippine television station GMA reported that its news team saw 11 bodies, including that of a child, washed ashore Friday and 20 more bodies at a pier in Tacloban hours after the typhoon ripped through the coastal city.

At least 20 more bodies were taken to a church in nearby Palo town that was used as an evacuation center but had to be abandoned when its roofs were blown away, the TV network reported. TV images showed howling winds peeling off tin roof sheets during heavy rain.

Ferocious winds felled large branches and snapped coconut trees. A man was shown carrying the body of his 6-year-old daughter who drowned, and another image showed vehicles piled up in debris.

Nearly 800,000 people were forced to flee their homes and damage was believed to be extensive. About 4 million people were affected by the typhoon, the national disaster agency said.

Relief workers said they were struggling to find ways to deliver food and other supplies, with roads blocked by landslides and fallen trees.

In western Palawan province, disaster officials said three fishermen died in Coron township after jumping off their anchored boat, which was battered by big waves. One fisherman survived.

The typhoon’s sustained winds weakened Saturday to 163 kph (101 mph) with stronger gusts as it blew farther away from the Philippines toward Vietnam.

Vietnamese authorities in four central provinces began evacuating more than 500,000 people from high risk areas to government buildings, schools and other concrete homes able to withstand strong winds.

“The evacuation is being conducted with urgency,” disaster official Nguyen Thi Yen Linh said from central Danang City, where some 76,000 were being moved to safety.

Hundreds of thousands of others were being taken to shelters in the provinces of Quang Ngai, Quang Nam and Thua Thien Hue. Schools were closed and two deputy prime ministers were sent to the region to direct the preparations.

The typhoon was forecast to make landfall in Vietnam at around 10 a.m. Sunday between Danang and Quang Ngai and move northwest.

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French President Hollande to address Knesset next wee



The French president will meet with President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, opposition leader Shelly Yacimovich and Edelstein in the Knesset’s Chagall Hall, before delivering an address in the plenum, in French.

“This is a great honor for the Knesset to host the president of France, a country that is one of Israel’s greatest allies,” Edelstein said. “I am happy and proud that President Hollande decided to respect the Knesset and its members and speak to the Israeli people on the stage of the stronghold of Israeli democracy.”

Edelstein added that he is sure the visit will be “significant” for both countries.

Hollande’s change of heart came on the heels of Paris stopping world powers from signing an agreement with Teheran in Geneva which, the French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius hinted would be a “fool’s game,” insufficiently neutralizing the threat of an Iranian nuclear bomb.

Similarly, Netanyahu called the proposed agreement a “Bad Deal” several times, calling for world powers not to sign it.

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After crime boss, police arrest rabbi on extortion charges




The Rishon Lezion Magistrates’ Court on Sunday remanded Rabbi Yoram Abergel from Netivot, suspected of involvement in an extortion case linked to southern crime boss Shalom Domrani, who was arrested Saturday night.

Abergel’s remand was extended by four days.

Abergel is suspected of extortion and vote tampering. Police claim that during the last municipal elections in Netivot, Abergel and fellow accomplices extorted several campaign aides working with mayoral candidate Eyal Messika.

The rabbi’s lawyer, Attorney Menachem Rubinstein, said during the hearing that “the timing of the arrest is part of the police’s attempt to prove to the public they are doing something,” hinting at the recent public outcry against organized crime activities.

Domrani and several of his men were arrested on Saturday night for allegedly threatening rabbis, including the well-known Rabbi Yaakov Ifergan, who backed mayoral candidate Eyal Messika against Domrani and Abergel’s favorite, long-time Mayor Yehiel Zohar.

Police suspect Domrani of damaging property, obstructing the elections, obstructing legal procedures and extortion.

Power struggle
The arrest of the Rabbi Abergel came as a shock to many. The rabbi is considered one of the senior figures in Sephardic rabbinical circles and heads a Talmud studies network with thousands of students.

“Arrest the rabbi? The police have gone crazy,” said one of the rabbi’s followers.

The rabbi’s arrest reignited the struggle between rival rabbinical followings in Netivot, which vie for power in the small southern city, though some say Abergel’s influence has in recent years eclipsed that of his nemesis, Ifergan. “Rabbi Ifergan is very well known on the national scene, but Rabbi Abergel has more power in the local,” a source involved in local politics said.

Zohar, who won the elections, and Messika denied any knowledge of Domrani and of extortion attempts related to the elections.

An associate of Rabbi Ifergan told Ynet that “now police are hounding Domrani and can accuse him even of natural disasters if they need to. The rabbi was not threatened personally nor extorted. It’s more probable that his employees and ground-level men were threatened. It was a very intense campaign. Rabbis in Netivot welcome everyone, even criminals.”

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Migrant workers seen as not human in Whhabi KSA

Interview with Hisham Tillawi
Press TV has conducted an interview with Hisham Tillawi, writer and political analyst, Louisiana about Saudi Arabia jailing thousands of foreign workers after street protests formed against the country’s tough labor laws.

This is while Saudi Arabia reportedly plans to reduce the number of migrant workers to create jobs for unemployed Saudi nationals.

The following is an approximate transcript of the interview.

Press TV: What is the condition of migrants in Saudi Arabia? How are they treated by the government there?

Tillawi: It’s not just about how they are treated by the government, it’s how they are treated by the culture that has been evolved in the last 60 or 70 years since the Kingdom started having migrant workers.

Unfortunately in Saudi Arabia and many of other [Persian] Gulf countries, migrant workers are treated like slaves and they are thought of as slaves, looked down upon as if they were not human.

And unfortunately many of them have to endure that kind of treatment because that is the only way they can actually feed their families back home wherever they come from – if they are from Indonesia or from wherever they might be from.

Most of them are from Southeast Asia and a lot of them are from other Arab countries. The treatment for people even from Arab countries is not great, but it is not as bad as the treatment for people from Southeast Asia.

It’s an unfortunate situation, it’s more than the government, it’s more of a culture that was actually evolved in the [Persian] Gulf area against and looking down at migrant workers.

Press TV: We know that migrant workers in Saudi Arabia experience extreme working conditions. Take that and add the fact that the kingdom wants to replace those migrant workers with its own nationals, Saudi nationals who are unemployed.

Will those Saudis be able to experience and endure and tolerate the very same conditions that the migrants experience – those extreme hard working conditions?

Tillawi: Of course, every country has the right to come up with their own laws to reduce their unemployment, but you must understand that the Saudi nationals, they are not going to, 1) they are not going to be treated like the migrant workers; and 2) they are not going to replace them with these jobs.

You are never going to see a Saudi working in a house as a server or as a house boy. You’re not going to find them working on the streets on construction jobs and cleaning jobs and sanitation. The ones that are going to be replaced are basically those in administration jobs.

The problem with the treatment is that those who are facing this horrible treatment are not those who are working in administrative jobs or professional jobs like engineers or doctors etc, etc, but are … the average workers e.g. the sanitation workers, the factory workers, the construction workers. These are the people who have the worst [condition] and these are not the jobs that Saudi nationals will even accept.

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I$raHell boosts attack on Iran nuclear deal after ‘productive’ Geneva talks

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.(Reuters / Debbie Hill)Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Israel is ramping up its effort to prevent a deal with Iran, which is seen as a serious threat to its national security. It comes after French intervention stalled high-level talks aimed at resolving the conflict over Iran’s nuclear program.

As delegations from Iran and six leading nations were locked in negotiations in Geneva, the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was continuing to advocate against dealing with Tehran. Over the weekend, Netanyahu called British PM David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel to promote Tel Aviv’s position, he told his Cabinet on Sunday.

“I told them that according to the information reaching Israel, the deal that appears to be in the offing is bad and dangerous,” Netanyahu said. “Not just for us but also for them. I suggested that they wait and give it serious consideration, and it’s good that that is indeed what was decided. We will do everything we can to convince the leaders not to reach a bad agreement.”

“I asked them what was the rush? I suggested they wait,” he said in remarks relayed by his office.

Netanyahu added that he spoke on the phone to French President Francois Hollande on the Iranian talks. France took the lead in stalling negotiations with Iran this weekend, and the French leader is to visit Israel next Sunday.

Netanyahu himself is to visit Moscow on November 20 just as talks are to resume in Geneva.

Israel will also be able to voice its objections to a delegation of senior US officials, led by Wendy Sherman, the U.S. Undersecretary of State for political affairs, which is due to arrive in Jerusalem on Sunday. The officials are to update Netanyahu’s government on the developments in Geneva.

In addition to lobbying President Obama’s administration, Israel is planning a lobbying campaign aimed at the US Congress, Israeli Economy Minister Naftali Bennett said Sunday.

“Before the talks resume, we will lobby dozens of members of the US Congress to whom I will personally explain during a visit beginning on Tuesday that Israel’s security is in jeopardy,” he told Israeli army radio.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani.(Reuters / Keith Bedford)Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani.(Reuters / Keith Bedford)


Iran was engaged in marathon talks with the P5+1 group of nations in Geneva this week, which it was hoped would produce an agreement on Tehran’s nuclear power program. Iran was expected to offer more transparency and agree to limitations on uranium enrichment in exchange for an eventual lifting of crippling economic sanctions imposed by the US and the EU.

Netanyahu’s government has been extremely vocal in objecting to the Obama administration’s rapprochement with Iran after the election of Hassan Rouhani as the country’s new president. Apparently, stalling tactics is what the Netanyahu government sees as a solution in the situation.

“In another two and a half years there will be someone else in the White House, but we will still be here,”Israel’s deputy Defense Minister, Danny Danon, told public radio Sunday.

A failure to strike a deal that would at least partially lift economic sanctions against Iran may also undermine Rouhani’s power base at home. The conservative section of the Iranian establishment is far from approving his policy towards the US, and a lack of concrete results in the talks may cost the Iranian president support.

The possible recovery of Iran, a leading Shiite nation in the Middle East, is also viewed with disdain by the Sunni monarchies such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. US Secretary of State John Kerry will be flying to Abu Dhabi to meet his counterpart in the UAE, Sheikh Abudllah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and is expected to discuss the Iran negotiations.

Israel reportedly forged a shaky alliance with these usually strictly anti-Israel nations, as they are united in their common goal to undermine Iran.

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Livni backs Naziyahu in opposing ‘bad deal’ with Iran



Times of Israel

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was right to oppose a nuclear agreement with Iran proposed, and rejected, over the weekend, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni said on Sunday, adding that such an accord would work in favor of radical forces in Tehran that allegedly aim to acquire nuclear weapons.

“The prime minister is not mistaken: The deal is a bad one,” Livni said during an interview with Channel 2 News. “It will turn an interim arrangement into a permanent settlement.”

The justice minister went on to assert that easing sanctions on Iran at the present juncture would only serve to boost the Islamic Republic’s nuclear ambitions, and added that, rather than conceding to Iran, the West should pressure it in order to achieve a more secure agreement in the future.

“It was very hard to put all these sanctions into place,” Livni said. “Now, when we have finally reached a stage where Iran feels the pressure and is seated at the negotiating table, we should use that advantage in order to reach a good deal.”

Despite reported progress, the latest round of discussions over the weekend in Geneva, conducted between Iran and the P5+1 powers over Iran’s nuclear program and weapons capabilities, ended without a deal after a proposed agreement was questioned by France. Negotiations are due to take place again on November 20.

Israel has strongly opposed any arrangement that would leave Iran with the capability to quickly construct a nuclear weapon. Netanyahu in particular had been bitterly critical of the emerging deal, and on Friday publicly urged US Secretary of State John Kerry not to sign it. Unnamed ministers claimed that the meeting between the two had a “significant” effect on Kerry and strengthened his resolve to complete a deal with Iran.

After the talks in Geneva concluded early Sunday morning, Kerry gave a press conference in which he seemed to hit back at Netanyahu, urging critics not to jump to conclusions about the terms being discussed, or speak out on the basis of rumors.

Livni claimed the disagreements between the US and Israel did not reflect a rift between the two countries. Israel, she said, was determined to circulate its views among US officials.

“Our point is not to widen the gaps, but to explain and convince,” she said.

President Shimon Peres also backed Netanyahu’s position on Sunday, claiming that the proposed deal would not have halted Iran’s advance toward a nuclear weapon.

“The P5+1 did not come to an agreement, and rightly so,” Peres said during a state ceremony marking 40 years since the passing of Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion. “A deal which does not prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power must not be signed.”

The president added that Israel wasn’t against an agreement that would limit Tehran’s nuclear capabilities, though it expected such a deal to be sustainable in the long run.

“We are not opposed to diplomacy to achieve this goal, but there is no point in a deal which would not prevent Iran from becoming nuclear,” Peres said. ”I believe that our government’s position, expressed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, is the correct one.”

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Iran won’t bow to threats, sanctions, Rouhani says



Times of Israel

Following a weekend of marathon negotiations with world powers in Geneva, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday told parliament that the Islamic Republic would not bow to threats or sanctions by any power.

Speaking before the Islamic Consultative Assembly, Rouhani insisted that Iran would not budge from its demand to maintain domestic uranium enrichment, saying it was Tehran’s “red line” in any talks with the so-called P5+1, the group of five permanent UN Security Council members and Germany who are running the Geneva talks. 

He added that economic sanctions by world powers not only hurt Iran, but also the states levying them, Israel Radio reported.

The president told the legislative body that his government faced complicated domestic and foreign issues, and needed “support by people, Parliament and the Supreme Leader as well as domestic consensus on foreign issues,” the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency reported.

He urged world powers not miss the “exceptional opportunity” offered by the talks, the country’s semi-official IRIB radio station reported.

In a meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida on Saturday, Rouhani repeated his characterization of the talks as an opportunity.

“I hope that the sides negotiating with Iran… will use the exceptional opportunity which Iran has offered the West and the international community so that we can reach a positive result within a logical framework,” he said, adding, “The other parties in talks with the Islamic Republic of Iran should pay attention that the current atmosphere is an exceptional one created by Iranian people through participation in Iran’s June 14 presidential election.”

Iranians voted for “constructive interaction” with the world, he reportedly said.

Rouhani said Iran displayed “a strong and positive will” for reaching an agreement, and that his country sought nuclear energy for peaceful purposes within the framework of the Non-Proliferation Treaty and under supervision by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the international nuclear watchdog.

He also insisted on Saturday that Iran would not suspend enrichment, and that “the only solution is negotiations based on mutual respect and trust.”

In an apparent response to scathing public criticism from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of the deal that was almost secured in negotiations with Iran in Geneva Saturday, US Secretary of State John Kerry cautioned against “jumping to conclusions” about the terms of the accord and promised that any deal ultimately signed with Tehran would enable the US to “look our allies in the face and say, ‘This gets the job done.’”

Kerry, speaking at a press conference in Geneva after three days of talks ended with a promise to resume on November 20, said he knew the negotiations were arousing “very strong feelings among our allies” about “the consequences” of the choices being made, ” and that the US had “enormous respect for those concerns.”

But the US, he stressed, remained committed to preventing Iran from attaining nuclear weapons and to “protecting our allies,” particularly in the Middle East. People should not be jumping to conclusions about the emerging accord, and should not respond on the basis of “rumors or other parcels of information that somebody pretends to know.”

Kerry’s remarks seemed directed at least in part at Netanyahu, who on Friday branded the emerging deal “very, very bad,” directly urged Kerry not to sign it, and said Israel would not be bound by its terms.

Talks in Geneva between world powers and Iran ended early Sunday morning without a deal on Iran’s rogue nuclear program, after hitting a snag on Saturday when France questioned the terms of a proposed agreement. The sides agreed to meet again in Geneva on November 20, but at the level of “political directors” rather than foreign ministers.

France’s Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said the talks had managed to narrow differences without eliminating them and that there were still questions to be dealt with in future rounds.

“From the start, France wanted an agreement to the important question of Iran’s nuclear program,” he said, according to Sky News. “The Geneva meeting allowed us to advance, but we were not able to conclude because there are still some questions to be addressed.”

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton also said a lot of progress had been made. At a joint press conference with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Ashton said, “We’re not going into the details of our discussions but I pay tribute to all the ministers, including Laurent Fabius’s attempt to try and help support this process.”

Ashton appeared more disappointed than Zarif that the marathon negotiations had failed to yield an agreement. A relaxed and smiling Zarif, indeed, said it was “natural that when we start dealing with the details there would be differences of views, and we expected that.”

He said he was “not disappointed at all” that a final deal had proved elusive, and asked directly whether he attributed the failure to France, chose not to assign blame. He said he had been hoping to find “the political will to end this” nuclear standoff, and said, “I think we’re all on the same wavelength.” This would give the sides the “impetus” to move forward next time — “something to build on,” he said. If there weren’t differences, he added, smiling again, the sides would not have needed to meet.

Chances of bridging all differences appeared to diminish as the day went on, but efforts continued until after midnight. The foreign ministers of the P5+1 delegations held a last-ditch meeting late Saturday, and were later joined by Zarif, in an apparent effort to salvage the talks.

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‘I$raHell will attack Iran if you sign the deal, French FM told



Paris legislator Meyer Habib, a friend of Netanyahu, called his FM in Geneva to warn of likely response should accord be signed, Israeli TV reports


A French member of parliament telephoned French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius in Geneva at the weekend to warn him that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would attack Iran’s nuclear facilities if the P5+1 nations did not stiffen their terms on a deal with Iran, Israel’s Channel 2 News reported Sunday.

“I know [Netanyahu],” the French MP, Meyer Habib, reportedly told Fabius, and predicted that the Israeli prime minister would resort to the use of force if the deal was approved in its form at the time. “If you don’t toughen your positions, Netanyahu will attack Iran,” the report quoted Habib as saying. “I know this. I know him. You have to toughen your positions in order to prevent war.”

France’s Fabius is widely reported to have scuppered the finalizing of the emerging deal late Saturday, leading to the halting of the negotiations with Iran, and an agreement to reconvene on November 20.

Explaining his concerns to reporters in Geneva, Fabius said Tehran was resisting demands that it suspend work on its plutonium-producing reactor at Arak and downgrade its stockpile of higher-enriched uranium.

Habib, the deputy president of the Jewish umbrella organization in France, was elected to the National Assembly in Paris in June, to represent the district of southern Europe, which includes French nationals residing in Israel.

“I have known Meyer Habib for many years and he is a good friend to me and to Israel,” Netanyahu said in French in a video of endorsement posted on YouTube in May. Standing next to Habib, Netanyahu continued in Hebrew: “He fights a lot for Israel, for public opinion, and cares intensely about the Land of Israel and Jerusalem, and he has helped me over the years deepen Israeli-French relations.”

The TV report on Sunday said Jerusalem believed that Netanyahu’s angry public criticism of the emerging deal, and his phone conversations with world leaders — including Presidents Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin, and Francois Hollande, Chancellor Angela Merkel and Prime Minister David Cameron — had played a crucial role in stalling the deal, but that Israel was well aware that an agreement would be reached very soon. Netanyahu himself said Sunday that he was aware of the “strong desire” for a deal on the part of the P5+1 negotiators, and had asked the various leaders in his calls, “What’s the hurry?”

The report, quoting sources in Jerusalem, said Netanyahu and ministers close to him were castigating the United States for its “radical eagerness” in seeking a deal, and saying that Washington appeared fearful of confrontation with Iran. “This is no way to run a negotiation,” the sources were quoted as saying. The Americans “are giving up all of their pressure points, and the Iranians recognize the Americans’ weakness.”

At Sunday’s cabinet meeting, Netanyahu expressed outrage that under the terms of the emerging deal, “not a single centrifuge would be dismantled, not one.”

Israel believes the imminent deal will leave Iran with uranium enrichment capabilities, and thus enable it to become a nuclear breakout state at a time of its choosing.

Secretary of State John Kerry hit back at Netanyahu on Sunday, declaring, “I’m not sure that the prime minister, who I have great respect for, knows exactly what the amount or the terms are going to be because we haven’t arrived at them all yet. That’s what we’re negotiating.”

After the talks broke up in Geneva after midnight Saturday, Kerry complained about critics who were “jumping to conclusions” about the terms of the accord on the basis of “rumors or other parcels of information that somebody pretends to know.”

Netanyahu on Friday publicly pleaded with Kerry not to rush to sign what he called a “very, very bad deal.”

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