Hollande and Netanyahu get together; France vows to stay strong on Iranian nuke deal

posted at 12:21 pm on November 18, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

French President Francois Hollande began a three-day visit to Israel over the weekend, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was all smiles and full of praise for the French delegation that was apparently the last holdout in thwarting a “bad deal” that would have traded sanctions relief for some all-but-meaningless nuclear concessions from the Iranians:

Hollande vowed to keep up pressure on Iran and not make any concessions regarding nuclear proliferation. …

Speaking alongside Hollande, Netanyahu once again warned that Iran could soon have enough fissile material to develop a bomb within weeks and that Israel would not be bound to what he called a “bad deal.” At the same time, he thanked Hollande for leading a tough stance that has blocked a deal thus far. …

Netanyahu has tried to play down his differences with the Obama administration as a disagreement between the “best of friends,” but he went out of his way to charm Hollande — peppering his remarks with French and embracing him often. …

“Israel sees in France a true friend,” Netanyahu said at the ceremony. …

“The goal is that Iran renounces nuclear weapons forever,” he said Sunday. “We are against nuclear proliferation, and in Iran there has been a will — even once expressed — to enrich uranium to military capabilities.”

But whether or not France will stick to their guns when push comes to shove, however, is anybody’s guess. The Israelis are all too aware of the White House’s practically unbridled ambition to play the role of peacemaking power brokers and finally administer some kind (any kind) of deal with the Iranians, and the Obama administration will definitely be applying the pressure when negotiations pick up again this Wednesday. Hollande’s help might be Netanyahu’s last, best chance to stay what he insists is a terrible deal, as he explained on CNN this morning: If some of the sanctions are reduced but Iran decides not to follow through on their end of the deal, reimplementing the sanctions is no easily reversible feat. Via NRO:


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Thank God someone has Israel’s back.

jake-the-goose on November 18, 2013 at 12:25 PM

France: Ha! Who are the cheese eating surrender monkeys now?

Dusty on November 18, 2013 at 12:28 PM

One by one, Obama is turning every ally into an enemy.

txhsmom on November 18, 2013 at 12:28 PM

Good.

An Iranian vacuous cypher is running the USA. It’s official now, finally.

Schadenfreude on November 18, 2013 at 12:29 PM

At least now we know why Obama didn’t stand with the Iranian protesters. He was in bed with their government. Iran–where Carter put the crazies in charge and Obama armed them with nukes.

txhsmom on November 18, 2013 at 12:31 PM

Israel’s strongest allies now are France, Egypt and Saudi Arabia….strange days indeed.

dddave on November 18, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Strange world we’re in, when the socialist Hollande should be respected more than Obama.

22044 on November 18, 2013 at 12:32 PM

One by one, Obama is turning every ally into an enemy.

txhsmom on November 18, 2013 at 12:28 PM

And every enemy into…an enemy.

cozmo on November 18, 2013 at 12:39 PM

dddave on November 18, 2013 at 12:32 PM

And who says 0bama has never done anything good?

cozmo on November 18, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Keep in mind here that France “gave” nuclear technology to Israel in exchange for support during the “Suez Crisis.”

J_Crater on November 18, 2013 at 12:41 PM

France vs ValJar. Oh joy.

slickwillie2001 on November 18, 2013 at 12:45 PM

Clearly, the foreign policy agenda of Barack Obama is as much of a disaster as are his domestic policies.

Feckless doesn’t even start to describe how irresponsible and incredibly naive the Administration’s policies are. This goes beyond simple incompetence – it has to be according to a naive plan that is based on seeing only what they want to believe.

The President’s promise to redefine the US position in the world is quite unique – he’s alienating and abandoning allies and friends while empowering and facilitating the actions of our enemies. But since he is someone who fundamentally sees the US, and Western Civilization, as corrupt, broken, unfair, and unjust, it shouldn’t be a surprise as to which side he considers representative of his values.

Athos on November 18, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Interesting the lack of coverage of the flip side of this coin is getting here (might be just a bit relevant)

Do you suppose ANYONE in the Kneepad Media or GOPe-media will feel any shame for the public being blind-sided AGAIN or responsibility for “opportunities missed” if this next show dropping brings the Middle Eastern countries into open warfare with each other?

http://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-said-to-be-working-with-saudi-arabia-on-iran-strike-plan/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Israel said to be working with Saudi Arabia on Iran strike plan

Riyadh reported to give Jerusalem okay to use Saudi airspace and to cooperate on other tactical support, according to Sunday Times

Israel is working on coordinating plans for a possible military strike with Saudi Arabia, with Riyadh prepared to provide tactical support to Jerusalem, a British newspaper reported early Sunday.

The two countries have both united in worry that the West may come to terms with Iran, easing sanctions and allowing the Islamic Republic to continue its nuclear program.

According to the Sunday Times, Riyadh has agreed to let Israel use its airspace in a military strike on Iran and cooperate over the use of rescue helicopters, tanker planes and drones.

“The Saudis are furious and are willing to give Israel all the help it needs,” an unnamed diplomatic source told the paper.

The report comes as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in the midst of a blitz to lobby against a deal and cobble together an international alliance opposed to an agreement that allows Iran to continue enriching uranium.

On Sunday, Israel will welcome French President Francois Hollande, who a week earlier put the kibosh on a deal between six world powers and Iran that would ease sanctions in return for initial steps toward curbing enrichment.

Netanyahu on Friday urged France to remain firm in its pressure on Iran ahead of a new round of talks on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program in Geneva, kicking off Wednesday.

After meeting Hollande, Netanyahu will head to Moscow on Wednesday to meet with President Vladimir Putin and lobby against the deal.

Iran’s bid for the bomb “threatens directly the future of the Jewish state,” Netanyahu told CNN recently, in a short preview clip of an interview broadcast on Saturday. As the prime minister of Israel, he stressed, he had to care for “the survival of my country.”

CNN reported that Netanyahu also said in the interview that he would do whatever it was necessary to do in order to protect Israel. The full interview will air Sunday morning.

Should a deal be reached at talks set to resume in Geneva on Wednesday, according to the diplomatic source, a military option would be back on the table. Saudi tactical support, in lieu of backup from the Pentagon, would be vital for a long-range mission targeting Iran’s nuclear program.

Saudi Arabia, a Sunni Muslim country across the Persian Gulf from Iran has long been at odds with Tehran, and fears a nuclear weapon would threaten Riyadh and set off a nuclear arms race in the region.

PolAgnostic on November 18, 2013 at 1:00 PM

France doesn’t want to worry about a nuclear armed Iran the next time the ‘youths’ riot.

agmartin on November 18, 2013 at 1:03 PM

France doesn’t want to worry about a nuclear armed Iran the next time the ‘youths’ riot.

agmartin on November 18, 2013 at 1:03 PM

A young lady newsreader in the US called the rioting French youths “African-Americans”. I don’t even know where to start with that.

/the absurd comedy of political correctness

Paul-Cincy on November 18, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Thank God someone has Israel’s back.

jake-the-goose on November 18, 2013 at 12:25 PM

True, but that One is a bit more powerful than a mere president.

rokemronnie on November 18, 2013 at 1:15 PM

When even France has more honor than America…
Gad, this administration is pathetic.

Sterling Holobyte on November 18, 2013 at 1:27 PM

One by one, Obama is turning every ally into an enemy.

txhsmom on November 18, 2013 at 12:28 PM

As more and more time goes by, I am beginning to think that was his plan all along. I thought the people claiming that Obama was a Muslim were a bit crazy, but now, I am not 100% certain they are.

Whoever wins in 2016 is going to have a metric butt ton of work to undo all of his crap.

Johnnyreb on November 18, 2013 at 1:28 PM

Vive la France !!! Allons enfants de la patrie…………..!!!

kjatexas on November 18, 2013 at 1:41 PM

Johnnyreb on November 18, 2013 at 1:28 PM

His actions only make sense if he’s viewed as anti-American. I think he’s more likely to be a pure communist than an actual muslim. There is no way he is trying to make America a better place for Americans.

Flange on November 18, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Everyone is going back to their old alliances now that they consider the US fickle and unreliable. At best.

besser tot als rot on November 18, 2013 at 2:04 PM

People need to understand that both Russia and China have complained about the sanctions against Iran in the past. Do you think they will give this regime a 6 month window and then restart the sanctions if they don’t move forward in good faith?

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052970204517204577042490257658040

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/terrorism-security/2011/1110/China-Russia-resist-US-push-for-stiffer-Iran-nuclear-sanctions-video

djaymick on November 18, 2013 at 2:26 PM

At least now we know why Obama didn’t stand with the Iranian protesters. He was in bed with their government. Iran–where Carter put the crazies in charge and Obama armed them with nukes.

txhsmom on November 18, 2013 at 12:31 PM

+1000

rockmom on November 18, 2013 at 2:50 PM

I don’t think I’ve ever received such a gratifying hug like the one in the image before.

The Nerve on November 18, 2013 at 3:41 PM

Clearly, the foreign policy agenda of Barack Obama is as much of a disaster as are his domestic policies.

Athos on November 18, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Israel can protect itself and seek different allies. Americans are under the direct power of a hostile government supporting a slow motion invasion from Mexico and the third world.

David Blue on November 18, 2013 at 6:34 PM