Iran, others reach provisional nuclear deal, diplomats say
Speaking at his weekly cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that the deal was worse than Jerusalem feared.
“After the Beirut-Damascus-Baghdad axis, Iran is maneuvering from the south to take over the entire Middle East,” Netanyahu said at a cabinet meeting, one of the last for his outgoing government. “The Iran-Lausanne-Yemen axis is dangerous for mankind and must be stopped.”
Netanyahu told ministers that he had spoken with Republican leaders in the U.S. Senate and “conveyed our serious concern regarding the arrangement with Iran at the nuclear talks. This agreement confirms all our fears and exceeds them.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin says his country will support efforts to build a Palestinian state with a capital in East Jerusalem.
Putin pledged his support on Saturday during a meeting of the Arab League in Sharm el-Sheik.
“Palestinians have the right to establish an independent and habitable state with a capital in east Jerusalem,” Putin reportedly tells the leaders of 22 Arab states, according to media reports.
He adds: “Russia will continue to contribute to achieving this goal through bilateral and multilateral channels.”
Putin reportedly also called Netanyahu to congratulate him on his reelection and to discuss the talks on Iran’s nuclear program, to which Russia is a party as one of the P5+1 world powers.
In an interview with CNN’s State of the Union, House Speaker John Boehner criticizes the Obama administration’s treatment of Netanyahu.
“I think the animosity exhibited by our administration toward the prime minister of Israel is reprehensible,” Boehner says. “And I think that the pressure that they’ve put on him over the last four or five years have frankly pushed him to the point where he had to speak up.”
“I don’t blame him at all for speaking up,” he says.
Boehner says his upcoming Israel trip was planned months ago, and is not “a victory lap” after Netanyahu’s reelection.
He says the US-Israel relationship has been “strengthened” over the past few months, and his visit aims to improve ties with the US’s “important ally” further.
Boehner also downplayed Netanyahu’s remarks about the two-state solution.
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