France scuttles disastrous U.S. nuclear deal with Iran at last minute. American delegation en route to Israel for high-level talks as crisis erupts in U.S.-Israel relations.

(Netanya, Israel) – It’s been a weekend of high drama and high tension on the Iran nuclear front — and in U.S.-Israel relations – and it’s not over yet.

On Friday and for much of Saturday, it seemed as if the U.S. was going to persuade the leaders of the P5+1 group to sign a disastrous “first-step” deal with Iran. The deal would have made enormous concessions but allowed Iran to keep enriching uranium, keep spinning their centrifuges, keep building advanced new centrifuges, and not being required to dismantle a single centrifuge.

Israel immediately and very publicly objected to the contours of the deal upon learning of the details on Friday afternoon. But a meeting between Secretary of State John Kerry and Israeli PM Netanyahu went so badly that the two weren’t able to hold a joint news conference before Kerry left Israel for Geneva in hopes of finalizing the deal.

The situation looked very grim from the Israeli perspective for most of Friday and Saturday, with the Iranians signaling they expected to sign a deal by Saturday evening at the latest.

Then suddenly, out of the blue, the French delegation objected to the proposed U.S. deal.

“As I speak to you, I cannot say there is any certainty that we can conclude” the talks, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on French radio according to the Reuters news agency, noting that France could not accept a “sucker’s deal.”

It’s not often that the French take a hard, tough line for the right cause in international diplomacy. But they did this time and we should be very grateful. Their move should also remind us not to be fearful or cynical about this process. The Lord God of the Bible is sovereign. We can trust Him to do the right thing, even if all the nations of the world do the wrong thing. He can superintend events to accomplish His will. He can make leaders do His will. And He can give His people the patience and courage to endure suffering and hardship by His grace and mercy when the nations do the wrong thing.

Iranian leaders were stunned by the last minute turn of events that went against them.

Israeli officials were amazed and encouraged. Earlier today, Netanyahu congratulated the P5+1 group for slowing down the negotiations, delaying any decisions until at least November 20th when talks with Iran are to begin again, and avoiding signing “a bad deal.”

“Speaking at the weekly cabinet meeting, which took place at Sde Boker in the southern Negev desert, Netanyahu reiterated his warning of recent days that the deal that was being considered in talks over the weekend in Geneva by the so-called P5+1 — the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany — was ‘bad and dangerous,’” reported the Times of Israel.

“Over the weekend I spoke with President Barack Obama, with Russian President Vladimir Putin, with French President Francois Hollande, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron,” Netanyahu told the Cabinet. “I told them that, based on information Israel has received, the deal taking shape is bad and dangerous. Not just for us, but for them as well. I suggested they wait and think carefully, and it’s good that they decided to do so. We will do everything in our power to convince these powers and these leaders to avoid a bad deal.”

That said, the crisis in U.S.-Israel relations has intensified since Friday. Israeli leaders feel they were misled by the Obama administration over the direction of the talks with Iran, and a stunned that the U.S. would not only accept such a terrible deal, but push the rest of the international community to agree to the deal.

Haaretz is reporting that “a delegation of high-ranking U.S. officials is set to arrive in Jerusalem on Sunday to update the Netanyahu government on the weekend talks in Geneva about Iran’s nuclear program. The delegation will be led by Wendy Sherman, the U.S. undersecretary for political affairs, who heads the U.S. negotiating team on the matter….Sherman is expected to brief her Israeli counterpart on the talks in Geneva and on the gaps that remain. The U.S. delegation is due to meet with Israel’s national security adviser, Yossi Cohen, and with intelligence officials as well as senior officials in the foreign affairs and defense ministries. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will be flying to Abu Dhabi to meet with Sheikh Abudllah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the foreign minister of the United Arab Emirates, to discuss the Iran negotiations. Along with Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, the UAE is a staunch opponent of an agreement between Iran and the world powers. According to foreign news reports, Israel has been working with the UAE on the Iran issue….Netanyahu is due to visit Moscow on November 20, the same day as the next round of Iran talks in Geneva.”

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Joel C. Rosenberg’s Blog

“Netanyahu is in a state of shocked disbelief,” feels “misled” by Obama team. Rapidly intensifying crisis in U.S.-Israel relations developing due to disastrous Iran nuclear deal.

U.S. President Obama delivers remarks at the White House in Washington(Netanya, Israel) — I landed in Israel on Friday afternoon amidst a rapidly intensifying crisis in U.S.-Israeli relations.

The Obama administration is preparing to cut a disastrously bad nuclear bargain with Iran that relieves enormous economic pressure on Tehran without requiring the mullahs to dismantle a single centrifuge. The Israelis are stunned. Top officials feel betrayed by the White House, including by reports that the White House has secretly been easing sanctions for months. There have long been tensions between President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu. There have been times I have  feared a “train wreck” between the two. Hopefully, the dynamic will change for the better, and quickly. But at the moment things are going from bad to worse in a hurry here.

Please pray that the terrible deal with Iran would be derailed for a real deal that ends Iran’s nuclear weapons program. Please pray that the White House changes direction and that the Lord changes the heart of the President. Pray that the leaders of Israel would be like the sons of Issachar, “men who understood the times and knew what Israel should do.” (I Chronicles 12:32) Please pray that the leaders of all nations involved would turn to Bible and read the Scriptures for wisdom. And please pray for the peace of Jerusalem at this critical hour.

“Netanyahu is in a state of shocked disbelief” at the deal and feels “misled” by the U.S. over specifics of the deal, reports Israel TV 10.

“If there were a synoptic map for diplomatic storms, the National Weather Service would be putting out a hurricane warning right now,” noted a leading Israeli commentator in Haaretz. “The winds are blowing cold, tensions are on the rise and tempers are beginning to flare in the Bermuda triangle of relations between Israel, the US and the American Jewish community. And given that the turbulence is being caused by an issue long deemed to be critical to Israel’s very existence, we may actually be facing a rare Category 5 flare up, a ‘superstorm’ of US-Israeli relations.”

Another Israeli newspaper called the White House approach to Iran “shameless appeasement.”

What will Netanyahu and his government do now? This remains to be seen. But consider the Prime Minister’s blunt language. “Israel utterly rejects [the deal] and what I am saying is shared by many in the region, whether or not they express that publicly. Israel is not obliged by this agreement and Israel will do everything it needs to do to defend itself and the security of its people.”

“These critical days in November will be remembered for years to come,” said Naftali Bennett, a top Israeli Cabinet official. “The Free World stands before a fork in the road with a clear choice: Either stand strong and insist Iran dismantles its nuclear-weapons program, or surrender, cave in and allow Iran to retain its 18,500 centrifuges. Years from now, when an Islamic terrorist blows up a suitcase in New York, or when Iran launches a nuclear missile at Rome or Tel Aviv, it will have happened only because a Bad Deal was made during these defining moments. Like in a boxing match, Iran’s regime is currently on the floor. The count is just seconds away from 10. Now is the time to step up the pressure and force Iran to dismantle its nuclear program. Not to let it up. It would be dangerous to lift the sanctions and accept a deal which allows Iran to retain its entire uranium-production line. It would be dangerous because Iran would, a year, two or three from now, just turn everything back on and obtain a nuclear weapon before the world can do anything to stop it. It is not enough to shut off the centrifuges. They need to be completely dismantled. We call upon the West to avoid signing a Bad Deal. Israel’s responsibility is to ensure the security of its citizens and that is exactly what we will do. We will never outsource our security.

Notes Mideast expert Daniel Pipes: “I wrote before the last presidential election that ‘Israel’s troubles will really begin’ should Obama win second term. At Obama’s second inauguration, I predicted that he, ‘freed from re-election constraints, can finally express his early anti-Zionist views after a decade of political positioning. Watch for a markedly worse tone from the second Obama administration toward the third Netanyahu government.’ That moment is now upon us.”

Excerpts of coverage from the Times of Israel:

  • Netanyahu, the reports on Israel’s Channel 10 and Channel 2 news said, had “an unprecedented confrontation” with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Tel Aviv on Friday morning over the possible deal, which he publicly described as “a very, very bad deal” and which he implored Kerry “not to rush to sign” and to “reconsider.”
  • The Netanyahu government is “in a crisis of faith” with the Obama administration over the possible deal, Israel’s Channel 1 News further reported, in part because it apparently differs in content from the terms that Kerry had previously described to Netanyahu. Other Israeli reports said Netanyahu felt he had been “misled” by the US over the terms of the deal.
  • “Netanyahu is in a state of shocked disbelief” at the imminent deal, Channel 10 news reported. It said the prime minister had not believed that a significant easing of sanctions was on the table in Geneva, but now was horrified to see that the emerging deal provided for a dramatic easing of sanctions against a mere Iranian promise to restrict uranium enrichment to 3.5%. In his public comments Friday, a clearly agitated Netanyahu said that, under the deal, “Iran gets everything it wanted at this stage and pays nothing.” Netanyahu — who in a clear sign of the Israel-US crisis, delivered the remarks alone, rather than at a traditional joint appearance with the visiting Kerry — added: “I urge Secretary Kerry not to rush to sign, to wait, to reconsider.”

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Joel C. Rosenberg’s Blog

MSNBC’s Chuck Todd Offers Advice to Obama Over Disastrous Healthcare.gov Rollout: FIND A SCAPEGOAT!

Last time I checked, MSNBC was getting lower ratings than the spin cycle at the local laundromat. Here’s Chuck Todd, longtime apologist for the disastrous track record of Detroitocrats, offering free advice to the president.

Sunday on NBC Meet the Press, White House correspondent Chuck Todd offered his best advice for the Obama administration’s self-imposed-disaster relief team: find a fall guy.

When host David Gregory asked how the president needed to reframe the national narrative, Todd provided the tried and true “fire somebody” stratagem:

Well, there’s a couple things. I think one, if all else fails, they’re going to have to find a fall person, somebody, and say, “You know what? This design work.

Fire somebody. Maybe high profile.”

Kathleen Sebelius is very nervous about her standing with the president. Who knows what happens? But that would be the ultimate sort of, “If all else fails, bring in somebody to quote unquote, ‘Fix this.’”

Hey, Chuckie! I just thought of a potential scapegoat: It’s all the fault of Ted Cruz, rogue Javascript programmer!

Hat tip: BadBlue News.

Doug Ross @ Journal

Larwyn’s Linx: Disastrous Gun Law Sparked School Shootings

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Nation

Disastrous Gun Law Sparked School Shootings: GunWatch
“Gun Owners, Segregationists, and Jim Sleeper”: Protein Wisdom
Five-Point Action Plan to Reduce Violence by the Mentally Ill: NRO

‘Before banning our guns, please recover the ones you sent to Mexico’: CFP
The New Racial Derangement Syndrome: Hanson
Where do we go from here?: Ace

We Know How To Stop School Shootings: Coulter
Crazy GOP Senator Proposes Putting National Guard In Schools: RWN
Missouri Police Chief Recommends Arming School Personnel: GunWatch

Economy

Foreigners Now Own $ 5.48 Trillion Of US Debt: S&L
Beware! Regulations Incoming!: Foundry
ATR Statement on “Plan B” Tax Plan: ATR

Boehner’s Plan B Exposes Obama’s Grade-A Tax Lie: IBD
Here’s how to get $ 2 trillion in new tax revenue without raising taxes: Peth
The End of the University As We Know It: AEI

Scandal Central

Obama’s Benghazi Fall Guys: RSM
Treasury Prepares to Lose Big on GM Bailout: Beacon
Obama stimulus: Gun buyers nationwide tweet about long lines, empty shelves: Twitchy

Climate & Energy

Climate Change Draft Undermines U.N.’s Claims: IBD
No bigs: Head of EPA does a bunch of her work on alias e-mail account: Hot Air
Obama Says Hotcoldwetdry One Of The Top 3 Issues He’ll Blow Off In 2nd Term: RWN

Media

“President Obama to push assault weapons ban in second term”: Protein Wisdom
NY Times Really Loves Anti-Gun Letters: Cove
Judge Robert Bork dead at 84: DC

Hudson’s, the Buhl Café and Mrs. P’s Maurice: MOTUS
Krauthammer: Obama’s use of a child massacre to say GOP must accept his terms is a SACRILEGE!: Scoop
Following School Shooting, 86% Want More Action to Identify and Treat Mental Illness: Rasmussen

Yes, Supporting Gun Control Is Racist: Bookworm
Lefty Media Tweeters Go After Reporters at Obama Presser For Not Obsessing Over Gun Control: BizzyBlog
#Metaphor: Academics Sign Their Own Death Warrants by Defending Loomis: RSM

World

Benghazi: State Department fail: Fausta
Benghazi Report Disqualifies Hillary For White House: IBD
A Challenge to All Progressives and RINOs, Who STILL Believe Obama is NOT a Communist: Loudon

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue.com/Tech)

Netflix Encodes Every Movie 120 Different Ways: NetFlix
Maya Rise and Fall Photo Gallery: NatGeo
The Ultra-Legacy Problem – Systems so old…: Infosec Island

Cornucopia

Racists White Teabaggers Attack Black SC Republican Tim Scott: AWD
California substitute teacher inherits cousin’s $ 7.4M gold coin fortune: Fox

Image: Lame Duck President Wins Prestigious Gun Competition
Today’s Larwyn’s Linx sponsored by: An open call to gun-control advocates and gun supporters

QOTD: “The results of the Gun Free School Zone act’s passage have been devastating. The first mass school shooting occurred in 1997. As prominent researcher John Lott has noted, mass shooters are attracted to defenseless victim zones. While zones that ban armed citizens are a tiny percentage of the nation’s area, according to Lott, only one of the “successful” (four or more victims) mass shootings in the past thirty years occurred outside of a defenseless victim zone (gun free zone).

Why do mass shooters chose defenseless victim zones? Because they want the fame that goes with the media attention that a mass killer gets, and to get the attention, they have to kill a lot of people. If they are stopped by an armed citizen, they lose their chance to make the “record books”, and there is no point in mass killing.

Armed citizens stop about one in ten of mass killings before they become “successful”, but they are rarely mentioned because of this fact. Most of these life saving actions occur outside of defenseless victim zones.

We have a real world counterexample to the Gun Free School Zone act in Israel. Israelis were confronted with a similar problem after the Maalot massacre in the 1970s They responded by allowing teachers, responsible older students, and volunteer parents to be armed in their schools. They have not had a child shot in a school since.

Since the Gun Free School Zone act was passed for the second time in 1996, 13 mass school shootings have occurred. This unconstitutional law has been a disaster and should be repealed.” –Dean Weingarten

Doug Ross @ Journal