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Benjamin Netanyahu demands Iran nuclear deal include recognizing Israel’s right to exist

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu demanded Friday that any nuclear agreement signed with Iran must endorse Israel’s right to exist, while also insisting pressure be kept up to ensure a sound deal is reached.

While calling the emerging deal a bad one, he said the choice was not only between a bad deal or war.

“There is a third alternative ? standing firm, increasing the pressure on Iran until a good deal is achieved,” he said in a statement.

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And “Israel demands that any final agreement with Iran will include a clear and unambiguous Iranian recognition of Israel’s right to exist.”

His comments followed a special session of his powerful security cabinet in the wake of Thursday’s framework agreement between the Islamic republic and world powers, hammered out at marathon talks in Switzerland.

“The cabinet is united in strongly opposing the proposed deal,” he said.

“This deal would pose a grave danger to the region and to the world and would threaten the very survival of the state of Israel.”

“The deal would lift sanctions almost immediately and this at the very time that Iran is stepping up its aggression and terror in the region and beyond the region.”

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“Such a deal paves Iran’s path to the bomb,” he added.

“And it might very well spark a nuclear arms race throughout the Middle East and it would greatly increase the risks of terrible war.”

Israel is the Middle East’s sole, albeit unacknowledged, nuclear power.

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Repeating previous Israeli warnings, Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz said Thursday that all options were open.

“If we have no choice, we have no choice… the military option is on the table,” he said.

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Israel has been the loudest opponent of reaching a deal that would leave Iran with atomic capabilities.

Shortly after the outline of the deal was revealed, Israeli officials criticised it as “a historic mistake which will make the world far more dangerous”.


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USNS Comfort has 1,000 hospital beds to help with New York’s crisis — but only 3 patients: report

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Presdient Donald Trump announced to much fanfare that he was deploying two U.S. Navy hospital ships to help New York deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. But the two ships are only serving 18 patients in total.

"Such were the expectations for the Navy hospital ship U.S.N.S. Comfort that when it chugged into New York Harbor this week, throngs of people, momentarily forgetting the strictures of social distancing, crammed together along Manhattan’s west side to catch a glimpse," the New York Times reported Thursday.

"On Thursday, though, the huge white vessel, which officials had promised would bring succor to a city on the brink, sat mostly empty, infuriating local hospital executives," the newspaper explained. "The ship’s 1,000 beds are largely unused, its 1,200-member crew mostly idle."

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Jared Kushner slammed for buzzwording his way through coronavirus press conference

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At Thursday's coronavirus task force briefing, President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner took the stand to discuss his own role in combating the outbreak.

Commenters on social media, however, did not care for what he had to say — and roundly criticized his appearance.

I didn't see it so let me just get this straight: Jared Kushner -- who has exactly about as many qualifications for dealing with a pandemic as he did for concocting Mideast peace -- was on hand to brief the American people about the #COVID19Pandemic but Dr. Fauci wasn't? Ok then. https://t.co/I94u3dYCAB

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Trump blasted as ‘commander of confusion’ in Washington Post review of his coronavirus failures

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President Donald Trump's response to the COVID-19 coronavirus was detailed in a new Washington Post story.

"In the three weeks since declaring the novel coronavirus outbreak a national emergency, President Trump has delivered a dizzying array of rhetorical contortions, sowed confusion and repeatedly sought to cast blame on others," the newspaper reported.

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