France Says Iranian Leader’s Anti-Israel Comments Complicate Nuke Talks

Iran's Supreme Leader called Israel "the rabid dog" of the region

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Hours before nuclear negotiations between six major world powers and Iran were set to resume in Geneva on Wednesday, French President François Hollande rejected anti-Israel comments made by Iran’s Supreme Leader and claimed they only complicate the matter at hand.

While speaking to members of a nationalist paramilitary group in Tehran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called Israel “the rabid dog” of the Middle East that aims to cut down Iran’s reputation. Hollande spokeswoman Najat Vallaud-Belkacem told reporters the French leader thought the name-calling was “unacceptable.” Despite the exchange, she said France—which has adopted a conspicuously tough line on Iran of late—is still hopeful for a nuclear deal.

Khamenei expressed support for the negotiations taking place in Geneva, but insisted Iran had limits to the concessions it would make in return for relief from the sanctions that have strangled its economy. Iranian officials have previously suggested the country could ease its uranium enrichment but have strictly defended its right to make nuclear fuel.

[AP]

6 comments
zsandon
zsandon

@vetramon    I'm sure Mr. Hollande could never rest unless *I* defended him... Not having direct experience in Israel, the only thing I understand is that Israel has apparetly managed to construct a reasonably integrated society, where arabs as well as many other minorities enjoy apparently equal rights in their society. That Western Europe, on the other hand, may have a real problem integrating its minorities, most prominently those of islamic flavor. I'm sure tolerant and egalitarian France could teach Israel a thing or two here and fix the israeli errors. I have never heard, seen or otherwise read any mention of your "dog" nonsense from any source. I have, however, seen, read and heard many times Jews being referred to in the Arab press as "pigs and monkeys", a qualifier that seems to be a pillar of muslim social tolerance and understanding. I recall recently seeing a video of a little arab girl in kindergarten reciting those very words, having no idea what she was saying and why. Sad, but true. If I were to meet the parents of that child (and teachers, and correspondents parading her around), yes, I'm afraid you may be right. I would not think well of them - but I love dogs, and could never love this sort of disgusting trash enough to call them by that name.

skiplee7
skiplee7

Wow the French have balls !!..who knew...What kind of idiot  "Iran" publicly claims to want to destroy a country but when they want something as powerful as nuclear power they say " we promise to play nice"...or we didn't mean it "THAT WAY"...come on...   if Iran would just shut up about Israel the world would give them what they want..I don't agree with their assessment that nuclear usage is a right.....it is a privilege....but  they keep losing public support with their rants over Israel.....could someone sign them up for diplomacy 101.....don't threaten the destruction of your neighbor everytime he turns his music up too loud....I know it goes deep and both have done dirty deeds to each other but stop and think....is Iran going to get anything if they keep publicly behaving like a junior high school boy...if I don't get what i want, I will kill you and peel your skin off while your mother watches.....maybe a good spanking and a time out for both countries would do the world a good...you think...

vetramon
vetramon

Wow, such a thin skin has the French president!  Have you seen videos, mr Hollande, where the majority of the jewish in Israel consider the Arabs and the Palestinian in particular as DOGS? This meeting mr Hollande is more important than words from one side or the other. Mr Hollande is trying to be more jewish than the jewisht themselves!.

AminSan
AminSan

@skiplee7 

Nuclear enrichment is a right and not a privilege granted to a few. Who would confer such a privilege? The five pots and the black kettle?

zsandon
zsandon

@AminSan @skiplee7   No one has a right to produce nuclear weapons. One may certainly have the might to do so, and then have to face those of equal or greater might that may decide otherwise. In the case of Iran I would personally prefer that for the sake of all civilization (including Iranian one) someone does in fact decide to stomp this theocratic rat's nest to extinction - and then clean their shoes.