Israel is turning to the French, who have taken the hardest line on the Iran talks, for support in its misgivings about the deal now taking shape. The New York Times reports:
The Israeli intelligence minister, Yuval Steinitz, said in a statement released Monday night that the talks with the French national security adviser, Jacques Audibert, and the French nuclear negotiating team were “serious and profound” and that the Israelis had laid out their reservations about the emerging deal.[…] Apparently concerned that the United States negotiators would not reflect all their concerns, the Israeli government wants to “point to specific loopholes and difficulties,” Mr. Steinitz said […] explaining the purpose of his visit with the French.
After Netanyahu’s appeal to the U.S. Congress (and warm reception), France was the next obvious candidate for Israel’s overtures. Today, Israel’s diplomats will be in London; though Britain supports a deal, it reassured the Saudis on Monday that “no deal is better than a bad deal,” while saying that Iran would have to pony up quite a bit more in order to secure a deal.With the GOP and many Congressional Dems, the French, the Israelis, and the Saudis all against it, the White House is finding itself swimming against an ever-stronger tide. The hunt for the Great White Whale is leaving the President more isolated all the time.