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February 16, 2015 3:03 pm

Israeli Opposition Leader: Netanyahu Not Demanding Enough From Iran Talks

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Herzog thinks Netanyahu isn't doing enough on Iran. PHOTO: Kobi Gideon/Flash90

Over his last six years in office, Prime Minister Netanyahu has made strengthening Israel’s security the centerpiece of his premiership. Yet on the one security issue where virtually all Israelis agree, preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, some politicians think that Netanyahu – perceived as a hawk – is not tough enough.

The leader of Israel’s main opposition party Yitzhak Herzog criticized Prime Minister Netanyahu recently for not demanding Iranian recognition of Israel as an outcome of the ongoing nuclear talks between Iran and world powers, Israel’s Maariv daily reported on Monday.

“We [the Zionist Camp] would seek that in the framework of any deal, that Iran would recognize Israel as a member of the United Nations and make clear that it accepts Israel as a member of the family of nations,” Herzog said, according to the report. “I am seeking this even today from the Powers [P5+1] handling the negotiations [with Iran.]”

Herzog also criticized Netanyahu’s general approach to Israel’s security and pointed to the “magnitude of the damage done to Israel’s security in the past six years if properly tested against the standards set by Netanyahu himself. Even according to Netanyahu’s measuring stick, Bibi has failed on security.”

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  • victoria brandeis

    I DO SENSE THIS MAN HERZOG TO BE A FINE EXAMPLE OF ‘NEWNESS’……HOWEVER…..NOT A GOOD TIME TO BRING IN A NEW LEADER…….AND , THOSE WHO BELIEVE OTHERWISE……LOL

    ITS IS MOST WONDERFUL TO VIEW THE SHAKING OF HANDS….

  • JKupferberg

    I seem to recall that when Netanyahu demanded that PA President Mahmoud Abbas recognize the Jewish State as a precondition for peace, Herzog retorted that Israel didn’t require such recognition.

    And now here he is, lecturing Netanyahu that the way to a better nuclear deal with Iran is not to demand the cessation of uranium enrichment, but rather to obtain Iran’s verbal recognition of Israel as a member of “the family of nations.”

    Such is this current crop of Israeli leadership, who can conceive of no more effective ways of working through a political impasse than in convincing one’s enemies to mouth the words, “I love you.”

  • Jack Holan

    I wish MK Herzog the best of luck in achieving his 2-goals that Iran recognize Israel as a member of the UN and a member of the family of nations. However, I would be remiss if I did not ask him what would be the cost? Would you leave Iran with the ability to enrich Uranium or produce Plutonium? If the answer is Yes, we are better off without the recognition. What value will recognition have for a few months and then be wiped off the map?
    In so far as PM Netanyahu’s performance over that past 6-years, he performed exceedingly well considering the President of the United States is Barak Hussein Obama. Make no mistake, even prior to the two men meeting; Obama had a different game plan for the ME and Israel and it did not bode well for Israel. What Obama did not expect was an Israeli leader who would say no to a US President when the playbook was detriment to the safety and security of Israel. I’m sure the PM did not sleep good over the past 6 years with the pressure exerted upon him but I believe he weighed the historical political economic and religious implications of each decision. As time progressed and Obama’s decision making in Foreign Affairs is obvious to his own Party, Israelis should support the PM efforts to convey what an Iran deal will mean to Israel. If Ben Gurion or Golda Meir were PM today Obama would show them the same disrespect that he has shown PM Netanyahu and will MK Herzog if he wins the PM seat and does not go 100% along with Obamas negative Israel plans.

  • Shalom-Hillel

    A leftist attacking Bibi from the right. I’m getting dizzy.

  • Julian Clovelley

    Is that the same United Nations the Zionists keep slagging off about/

    Just asking

  • esther noodelman

    Herzog,I guess you don’t “Get It”…Bibi has been incredible,fighting not just Obama and you lefties,but insisting that we stop Iran before it is too late AND NOT LISTEN TO OBAMA WHO SHARES THE SAME IDEOLOGY AS THE MULLAHS IN IRAN WHO WANT TO WIPE NOT JUST ISRAEL ,BUT AMERICA TOO,OUT OF EXISTENCE. I GUESS ABSOLUTE POWER(YOUR GOAL,OBVIOUSLY) CORRUPTS ABSOLUTELY. TOO BAD YOU CAN’T USE YOUR ENERGY TO GET POOR POLLARD RELEASED NOW,BEFORE HE DIES.BUT THAT DOESN’T TOUCH YOUR JEWISH HEART,DOES IT? SAVING PALESTINIANS SINGS TO YOU..A JEW LIED TO BY AMERICA,WHO SAVED OUR BOTTOM BECAUSE AMERICA REFUSED TO LET US KNOW THAT ARAB ARMIES WERE GOING TO ATTACK US WITH CHEMICAL WEAPONS IN THE 80’S AND THIS JEW(POLLARD) SAVED YOUR BOTTOM & MINE BY PASSING CLASSIFIED INFO TO ISRAEL,INFO WITHHELD BY THIS GOOD ALLY,AMERICA.ALSO,AMERICA(WEINBERGER LIED TO POLLARD,PROMISED HIM PLEA BARGAIN, NOT TO GIVE HIM LIFE AND THEN FOOLED HIM…READ “WHY JONATHAN POLLARD GOT LIFE” ON THE INTERNET.READ HOW WEINBERGER LIED TO THE JUDGE &ILLEGALLY GAVE HIM THE “WEINBERGER MEMORANDUM”USE YOUR GOOD JEWISH BRAIN & HEART TO GET POLLARD RELEASED,TRANSFERRED TO AN ISRAELI HOSPITAL FOR POSSIBLE RECUPERATION AFTER MULTIPLE STOMACH SURGERIES.

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