In welcoming the French President to Israel for a visit, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made sure to note Francois Hollande’s “courageous stance” in opposition of easing sanctions on Iran. The remark is being taken by some as a sneaky stab at Obama, who has been a huge proponent of engaging in talks with Iran over their nuclear program.
“Israel sees France as a true friend. France, like Israel, aspires for a stable Middle East that lives in peace and security. This visit is important… in light of the talks that are being held in Geneva on the Iranian nuclear issue. I hope that we will succeed in convincing our friends this week, and the days after, to reach a much better deal.”
Obama should not be attempting a negotiation with Iran over their nuclear program. The sanctions are in place for a reason and now would be arguably the worst point in history to lift them, considering the fact that the Middle East is in shambles. Additionally, Iran has no inclination to compromise. Hollande revealed, “Iran [has been] negotiating for years without making any progress.”
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Natanyahu concluded with a statement that should serve as a bit of much-needed foreign policy education for Obama, saying:
“I can’t sit by and look at this development that will endanger my country. We don’t have a pogrom complex; we understand that when people say they want to destroy us – we need to take them seriously. It is my duty to prevent from anyone to commit a second holocaust against the Jewish people.”
These statements from Netanyahu and Hollande are the manifestation of Obama’s failed leadership. It’s a sad day when our closest ally has to thank France for having a backbone when it comes to Iran’s nuclear program.
Netanyahu said on Sunday that if Obama is successful in implementing a deal with Iran, they could produce the fissile material for a nuclear bomb in roughly three weeks – a chilling notion. Do you think that strict sanctions should remain in place? Tell us in the comments section.