Iran a threat not just to Israel, says Germany's Merkel

JERUSALEM Tue Feb 25, 2014 6:53am EST

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during her meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Prime minister's residence in Jerusalem February 24, 2014. REUTERS/Sebastian Scheiner/Pool

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during her meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Prime minister's residence in Jerusalem February 24, 2014.

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JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Germany views Iran as a potential threat not just to Israel, but also to European countries, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday at a joint news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

But she stopped short of endorsing her host's demand that Tehran give up all sensitive nuclear projects under any negotiated deal with world powers.

Germany is Israel's most important ally in Europe, where the Netanyahu government frets it is losing support given troubled peace talks with the Palestinians. That makes Merkel's views a bellwether of European sentiment on Middle East issues.

"We see the threat not just as a threat for the state of Israel but as a general threat for Europe as well," she said, adding that Germany would pursue international talks with Iran on its nuclear activities.

The diplomacy was kick-started with an interim deal in November which Netanyahu blasted as an "historic mistake" for easing sanctions on Iran while leaving its infrastructure for enriching uranium and potentially producing plutonium.

Iran says its nuclear projects are for peaceful needs.

Netanyahu, whose country is widely believed to be the Middle East's only nuclear-armed nation, acknowledged that world powers had "talked about the possibility of some enrichment" continuing in Iran as part of a final deal.

"I think it's a mistake," he said. "Every single leader that I've talked to in the Middle East agrees with that position, whether they say so publicly or not. Why? Because if Iran really wants just civilian nuclear energy, then they don't need any enrichment. They don't need centrifuges."

Asked if she agreed, Merkel was circumspect.

"It is clear that there is a difference of opinion here with regard to these negotiations and whether they ought to take place. We have set out on the path of low enrichment, but enrichment does take place and I believe that we can succeed," she said.

"We can expect a kind of shield being set up in order to make sure that Iran does not achieve in the short future a (military) nuclear capability," she added, in an apparent allusion to an envisaged regime of low-volume enrichment and enhanced nuclear inspections.

"The question is whether we will be able to achieve a result that is better than the present state of affairs. We have decided it is better to participate in the negotiations because we believe that to be better than the status quo."

(Writing by Dan Williams in Jerusalem and Noah Barkin and Madeline Chambers in Berlin, Editing by Jeffrey Heller and Alistair Lyon)

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Comments (3)
Arielyshein wrote:
Israel acts as the child form the “The Emperor’s New Clothes tale by Hans Christian Andersen about two weavers who promise an Emperor a new suit of clothes that is invisible to those unfit for their positions, stupid, or incompetent. When the Emperor parades before his subjects in his new clothes, a child cries out,
“But he isn’t wearing anything at all “”
Islamist Iran theocratic regime is recognized worldwide by governments as a direct threat to all the culture and has nothing to do with Israel.
The Arabs counties are saying so publically and behind doors. (disclosed by wikileaks)
Russia is declaring time again and again that NUK weapon of Islamist Iran is unacceptable.
NATO is developing and starts deploying an antimissile network across Europe to defend West Europe against Iran missiles.
All European countries are against Islamist Iran NUKS and are more active against it compared to USA.
USA has said that NUK weapons of Islamist Iran will not be permitted and all the options are on the table.
They are opposing Islamist Iran NUKS because:
1; Islamist Iran is a terror supporting state.
2:Islamist Iran object is to replace up end of this century the governments worldwide by a Islamsit Iran government
3:Islamsit Iran leaders declared several time that democracy and liberalism dates will soon be over.
*****
Interpretation of Professor Bernard Lewis the number 1 worldwide academic expert on Islam, based on constitution and Iranian leaders speeches to their people and not the international community:
*Islamic Iran cannot be deterred by the arms control strategies that worked
with the Soviets
*In Islamic Iran apocalyptic time has come
*“Ma’adi” the Shia messiah is already here.
*THE FINAL BATTLE HAS ALREDY BEGUN
*THE END OF TIME HAS COME AND SOONER THE BETTER
*The good can go enjoy the delights of paradise and the wicked,
*MEANING ALL OF US ,CAN GO TO ETERN.

Would you trust a government with such an ideology to be closed to get
NUKS?????
Rouhani is famous for his ability to talk softly and build confidence and buying time for the centrifuges to process nuclear material.
Rouhanihas a Ph.D. degree in Constitutional Law on flexibility.
He is an expert of preplanned diversion.
Acting as Iran chief negotiator with EU states starting 2003 he succeeded to prevent Iran’s case from being reported to the UN Security Council, buying time for Iran complete its nuclear fuel cycle and took groundbreaking steps in Nuclear development.
To buy the precious time he used diversion methods the purpose of confidence building, certain parts of Iran’s nuclear activities were voluntarily suspended at several junctures.
——-
The differences between Israel and the other states are:
1:Israel is the only country treated to be destroyed by Islamist Iran
(unlike the others that Islamsit Iran desires only to replace governments and cultures)
2:Israel has a great experience with the Islamsit cult to lei to infidels and mask Islamsit real goals. This doctrine is named Takiyya.
(Unlike the others that mistakable believe that Islamsit Iran is speaking in English the truth)

Feb 25, 2014 7:31am EST  --  Report as abuse
Arielyshein wrote:
Israel acts as the child form the “The Emperor’s New Clothes tale by Hans Christian Andersen about two weavers who promise an Emperor a new suit of clothes that is invisible to those unfit for their positions, stupid, or incompetent. When the Emperor parades before his subjects in his new clothes, a child cries out,
“But he isn’t wearing anything at all “”
Islamist Iran theocratic regime is recognized worldwide by governments as a direct threat to all the culture and has nothing to do with Israel.
The Arabs counties are saying so publically and behind doors. (disclosed by wikileaks)
Russia is declaring time again and again that NUK weapon of Islamist Iran is unacceptable.
NATO is developing and starts deploying an antimissile network across Europe to defend West Europe against Iran missiles.
All European countries are against Islamist Iran NUKS and are more active against it compared to USA.
USA has said that NUK weapons of Islamist Iran will not be permitted and all the options are on the table.
They are opposing Islamist Iran NUKS because:
1; Islamist Iran is a terror supporting state.
2:Islamist Iran object is to replace up end of this century the governments worldwide by a Islamsit Iran government
3:Islamsit Iran leaders declared several time that democracy and liberalism dates will soon be over.
*****
Interpretation of Professor Bernard Lewis the number 1 worldwide academic expert on Islam, based on constitution and Iranian leaders speeches to their people and not the international community:
*Islamic Iran cannot be deterred by the arms control strategies that worked
with the Soviets
*In Islamic Iran apocalyptic time has come
*“Ma’adi” the Shia messiah is already here.
*THE FINAL BATTLE HAS ALREDY BEGUN
*THE END OF TIME HAS COME AND SOONER THE BETTER
*The good can go enjoy the delights of paradise and the wicked,
*MEANING ALL OF US ,CAN GO TO ETERN.

Would you trust a government with such an ideology to be closed to get
NUKS?????
Rouhani is famous for his ability to talk softly and build confidence and buying time for the centrifuges to process nuclear material.
Rouhanihas a Ph.D. degree in Constitutional Law on flexibility.
He is an expert of preplanned diversion.
Acting as Iran chief negotiator with EU states starting 2003 he succeeded to prevent Iran’s case from being reported to the UN Security Council, buying time for Iran complete its nuclear fuel cycle and took groundbreaking steps in Nuclear development.
To buy the precious time he used diversion methods the purpose of confidence building, certain parts of Iran’s nuclear activities were voluntarily suspended at several junctures.
——-
The differences between Israel and the other states are:
1:Israel is the only country treated to be destroyed by Islamist Iran
(unlike the others that Islamsit Iran desires only to replace governments and cultures)
2:Israel has a great experience with the Islamsit cult to lei to infidels and mask Islamsit real goals. This doctrine is named Takiyya.
(Unlike the others that mistakable believe that Islamsit Iran is speaking in English the truth)

Feb 25, 2014 7:31am EST  --  Report as abuse
PutinBest wrote:
Merkel is just another US puppet! The NSA scandel showed her true face

Feb 25, 2014 8:37am EST  --  Report as abuse
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