Netanyahu Due in France, Germany for Talks Over Iran

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu brief the media after bilateral talks at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany. A day before German chancellor Angela Merkel and nearly her entire Cabinet arrive in Israel, her foreign minister published an op-ed in an Israeli newspaper Sunday encouraging Israel …
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Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is heading for Europe to drive a diplomatic push rallying support for the U.S. withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear deal.

Mr. Netanyahu will meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron on the tour that starts in Berlin, where he will meet with Chancellor Merkel on Monday, June 4.

The prime minister will continue to France, where he will have talks with French President Macron and other senior French government officials before returning to Israel on Wednesday.

Germany and France led international opposition to U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the nuclear deal, and Mr. Netanyahu will work to outline the areas Iran consistently worked to undermine the flawed agreement brokered by Barack Obama.

It comes a week after a senior European official warned Israel not to “disparage” the EU, adding that U.S. President Donald Trump’s legacy could be scaled back just as quickly as that of his predecessor.

“Trump won’t be president forever,” Hadashot TV quoted the unnamed official as saying during a recent visit to Israel. “Just like nobody imagined that the Obama legacy would be erased so quickly, it can happen to the other side,” the source added.

“You shouldn’t disparage Europe. Look at the numbers: We are still your biggest trade partners. You don’t understand that we are under immense public pressure against Israel.”

Germany and France have also made public their opposition to U.S. President Donald Trump’s announcement to move the U.S. Embassy to the capital Jerusalem, and they announced they would not be following suit.

Netanyahu last met with Merkel and Macron in January at the Economic Committee in Davos, Switzerland.

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