Israel immediately turned up the heat on Friday after the conclusion of a framework agreement between Iran and the major powers on the nuclear, demanding that the Islamic Republic recognize its right to exist in any final text. After consulting his senior ministers at a meeting of the security cabinet, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, one of the most ardent critics of negotiations with Iran, has promised to continue to weigh for a better compromise than the interim agreement on Thursday in Switzerland.
"Some say that the only alternative to this agreement, this is war," said Netanyahu quoted by his office, "it is not true There is a third possibility. Remain firm, increasing the pressure on Iran until we reach a good agreement. "
"Israel demands that any final agreement with Iran Iranian includes a clear and unambiguous recognition of the right of existence of Israel," he added. Such recognition seems more than random from a regime that has made the denial of Israel one of its pillars. Calls for the destruction of Israel are part of the Iranian historical rhetoric.
"Israel will not accept a deal that would allow a country that promises to destroy us from developing nuclear weapons," Netanyahu argued.
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The search of a "better deal"
But Netanyahu options, whose country is regarded as the only nuclear-weapon in the region, not recognize it, is limited, experts say. Israel's positions have marginalized, they say, and pragmatism is the only way forward. For them, preventive strikes against Iranian facilities seem very unlikely despite repeated about principle Thursday by the Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz, a close Netanyahu, according to which the military option remained on the table last resort. Netanyahu listed all the reasons why the interim agreement reached between Iran and six world powers, including the great American ally Israel, "threaten the very survival of the state of Israel."
The Prime Minister said that this agreement was forcing Iran to close any of its facilities, not to destroy any centrifuge or stop research on more advanced centrifuges. According to the framework agreement concluded with the 5 + 1 group (the United States, China, Britain, France, Russia and Germany), Iran should, however, significantly reduce the number of its centrifuges.
One of the major concerns of Israel as regards the comeback, the legitimation of a State which, beyond the calls to wipe Israel off the map, supports the great enemies surrounding Israel, Syria, the Hezbollah movements Lebanon and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
The United States 'sold us'
"Our friends in Washington have sold us and other allies in the Middle East," analyzed the mass circulation daily Yediot Aharonot. The text of the framework agreement "shows how the Iranians fought and managed to retain the essential elements to make nuclear weapons," he added.
Netanyahu did not hesitate to challenge the White House from March 3 to say before Congress all the evil he thought of the negotiations between the major powers and Iran. This episode has contributed to one of the worst crises in relations between Israel and the United States. For Israel, one of the strongest options lies precisely in the support of Congress. The Republican majority against Obama announced she persisted in demanding a say in any final agreement with Iran. A bill that would force Obama to Congress to grant this right of inspection (the White House refuses) waiting to be voted on in committee. But the day before the Lausanne Agreement, Netanyahu received the Republican chairman of the House of Representatives, John Boehner.
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