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Peretz: Netanyahu speech won't stop agreement with Iran

In an interview with Al-Monitor, former Defense Minister Amir Peretz argues that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's upcoming speech to the US Congress will not stop an agreement with Iran because it will turn it into an internal political dispute.
Israel's Environment Minister Amir Peretz speaks during the 18th ordinary meeting of contracting parties to the Barcelona convention and its protocols on December 5 2013 in istanbul. It is the first such trip of an Israeli cabinet minister in Turkey since the rupture of relations between the two former allies over a deadly raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla. Ties between Israel and Turkey hit an all-time low in May 2010 when Israeli commandos staged a pre-dawn raid on a flotilla of ships trying to taking aid to
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“Obama is undoubtedly the American president who has done more for the security of the State of Israel than all of his predecessors. The Israeli public doesn’t know that, because there is an entire network operating here, which is trying to portray him as an enemy of Israel,” said former Defense Minister Amir Peretz, No. 8 on the Zionist Camp Knesset slate.

In an interview about diplomatic and security affairs, Peretz discussed the political diplomatic firestorm surrounding Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s anticipated speech before the US Congress. He said, “It is important to me that the Israeli public realizes that [President Barack] Obama contributed and continues to contribute much to Israel’s security. Netanyahu’s speech before Congress will not stop an agreement with Iran. It will only harm our relationship with the United States."

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