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July 15, 2015 10:14 am

Israel Rebuffs UK’s Hammond Over Wanting Permanent Iranian Stand-Off

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British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond. Photo: Wikipedia.

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond. Photo: Wikipedia.

Diplomatic officials in Israel rejected on Wednesday comments by U.K. Foreign Minister Philip Hammond earlier in the day that Jerusalem sought a permanent stand-off with Iran over its nuclear program, saying the country sought negotiations with Tehran more than anybody else.

“We were probably the people who pushed harder than anyone else in the world to bring Iran to the negotiating table in the first place,” an Israeli diplomatic official told The Algemeiner in response to Hammond, who said Israel does not want any deal with Iran.

“No one was more interested than Israel in a good deal with Iran,” the official said.

Israeli officials from Left to Right roundly criticized the nuclear deal announced by negotiators from Iran and world powers on Tuesday, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu calling it a historic mistake.

Israel is concerned the deal allows Iran to maintain its nuclear infrastructure until it decides eventually to build a bomb, whether before or after the deal expires in 10 years. Critics of the deal are also concerned lifting sanctions will enrich the Tehran regime and strengthen its hand across the Middle East.


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  • Ezra

    Dear Mr. Hammond,

    It’s not nor has it ever been the issue that Israel wants a perpetual stand-off with Iran over nuclear missiles. The only thing Israel has ever asked is that a terrorist state who consistently proclaims that destruction of Israel and the Jewish people was its aim, NOT possess a nuclear weapons or missiles that can deliver these.

    What Iran got thanks to you, Obama and the rest of the EU so called leaders is exactly that plus the billions of dollars it will take them to build and purchase equipment and armaments.

  • brenrod

    brit appeasement fool badmouths Israel and then has the nerve to come. After Munich they show they learned NOTHING

  • E Pluribus Wombat

    There is and was never any deal the Brits wouldn’t make. Period. Full stop. If Iran called for the chemical bombardment of Israel as part of their nuclear agreement, the Brits would be first in line supporting it. If Iran called for the UK to dismantle its own nuclear sub fleet first, they would take that under serious consideration and ultimately sell it off to Iran or anyone else.

    The last thing the world needs is the British FM, who up until now has made ZERO public statements about anything to do with this so called treaty, not a word, not a suggestion, not a push back, nothing, to suddenly stick his pointed head up and whine about ‘the Jews’.