Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fumed yesterday following his meeting with Secretary of State John Kerry. The Obama administration wants to lift sanctions on Iran in exchange for promises that they will not produce nuclear weapons. Iran is not required to take apart even one centrifuge in the deal.
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The Jerusalem Post reported:
Israel is surprised with the diplomatic course being taken by the US during nuclear negotiations in Geneva, including minor sanction relief, officials told Israel Radio on Saturday.
During a meeting between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and US Secretary of State John Kerry ahead of Friday’s Geneva talks, the US reportedly told Israel that they would be offering minor sanctions relief to Iran.
The US also said the proposed sanction relief would not be significant.
Kerry met with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton in Geneva Friday in attempts to close “the important gaps” that remain between the sides before a deal can be signed. The meetings were set to resume on Saturday morning.
Kerry and Netanyahu met before the US secretary of state flew to Geneva to take part in negotiations on a deal in the works that would have the international community relieve sanctions on Iran in exchange for Tehran freezing its nuclear activities for six months. Kerry was reportedly expected to warn the premier of a prospective offer.
Netanyahu harshly criticized the prospective deal after the meeting with Kerry.