We know some of the content of US Secretary of State John Kerry's unschedualed extra meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu.
Before the two men met the Prime Minister realeased a statement that said in part on Iran;
“…So Iran got the deal of the century and the international community got a bad deal. This is a very bad deal. Israel utterly rejects it…”
“Israel is not obliged by this agreement (in Geneva) and Israel will do everything it needs to defend itself, to defend the security of its people.”
This wording has a lot of people thinking the worst.
Mr. Netanyahu then continued with comments on negotiations with the Palestinians;
“I will never compromise on Israel's security and our vital interests, not in the face of any international pressure. I think the pressure has to be put where it belongs, that is on the Palestinians who refuse to budge.
Many interpret this to reflect that Israel is stonewalling the progress towards peace as Mr. Netanyahu frequently draws on Israel's perceived security needs when he has no defense. It appears by these comments that Mr. Netanyahu knew what was coming in meeting with the Secretary of State.
After the meeting with Secretary Kerry, Mr. Netanyahu made these remarks;
“I reminded him (Secretary Kerry) that he said that no deal is better than a bad deal. And the deal that is being discussed in Geneva right now is a bad deal. It's a very bad deal. Iran is not required to take apart even one centrifuge. But the international community is relieving sanctions on Iran for the first time after many years. Iran gets everything that it wanted at this stage and pays nothing. And this is when Iran is under severe pressure. I urge Secretary Kerry not to rush to sign, to wait, to reconsider, to get a good deal. But this is a bad deal, a very, very, bad deal. It's the deal of a century for Iran; it's a very dangerous and bad deal for peace and the international community.”
It seems safe to say that the two men don't seem to see eye to eye on Peace with the Palestinians or the situation in Iran…
Middle East Correspondent