Israel fury as Kerry heads to Iran talks in Geneva

8 Nov

By Jo Biddle (AFP)

Ben Gurion — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned John Kerry Friday he was offering Iran the “deal of the century” as the US top diplomat headed to landmark talks in Geneva seeking a nuclear agreement.

Netanyahu vowed that Israel would not be bound by any international agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme and reserved the right to do whatever is necessary to defend itself — a clear allusion to a pre-emptive military strike.

Meeting with the US Secretary of State on the tarmac of Ben Gurion airport near Tel Aviv, the Israeli leader, a fierce opponent of any let-up in sanctions, lashed out at the world powers’ cautious rapprochement with Iran and denounced the proposed agreement being hammered out in Switzerland.

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