AFP Rewrites Netanyahu’s Speech


netanyahu6Days after theĀ Gaza flooding fiasco, Agence France Presse trips up badly again in its Israel coverage.

This time, AFP flubs Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech in Congress. An article about continuing negotiations between US Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, filed today in Switzerland, begins (“Kerry, Iran FM in new nuclear talks“):

The US and Iran ignored a passionate plea from the Israeli prime minister to ditch their nuclear negotiations. . . .

Further down, the article reiterates:

In a dramatic speech to the US Congress on Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on the US administration to halt the talks . . . .

In fact, Netanyahu did not urge the sides to halt or ditch their talks. Rather, he urged the US to abandon this particular “bad deal” in favor of a “better deal.”

In his speech, he indicated what this better deal, which he supports, would look like:

Now we’re being told that the only alternative to this bad deal is war. That’s just not true. The alternative to this bad deal is a much better deal: a better deal that doesn’t leave Iran with a vast nuclear infrastructure and such a short breakout time; a better deal that keeps the restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program in place until Iran’s aggression ends; a better deal that won’t give Iran an easy path to the bomb; a better deal that Israel and its neighbors may not like, but with which we could live, literally. And no country has a greater stake — no country has a greater stake than Israel in a good deal that peacefully removes this threat. . .

History has placed us at a fateful crossroads. We must now choose between two paths. One path leads to a bad deal that will at best curtail Iran’s nuclear ambitions for a while, but it will inexorably lead to a nuclear-armed Iran whose unbridled aggression will inevitably lead to war. The second path, however difficult, could lead to a much better deal, that would prevent a nuclear-armed Iran, a nuclearized Middle East and the horrific consequences of both to all of humanity.

You don’t have to read Robert Frost to know. You have to live to know that the difficult path is usually the one less traveled, but it will make all the difference for the future of my country, the security of the Middle East and the peace of the world, the peace we all desire.

Where exactly in his speech does AFP see him calling for an end to talks?

Furthermore, as reported today by AFP’s own Jerusalem bureau, Netanyahu again today, upon arriving back in Israel, called for the P5+1 to negotiate a different deal which would condition the lifting of restrictions to the end of Iranian “aggression” (“Netanyahu rejects Obama criticism of Iran speech”):

“I also called on the P5+1 (world powers negotiating a nuclear deal with Iran) to insist on a deal that would link the lifting of those restrictions to Iran’s ceasing its sponsorship of terrorism around the world, its aggression against its neighbours and its calls for Israel’s destruction,” he said on his return to Israel.


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