Netanyahu: ‘I don’t want war with Iran’

Israeli Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (Reuters)
Updated 02 May 2018
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Netanyahu: ‘I don’t want war with Iran’

  • Nobody’s seeking that kind of development. Iran is the one that’s changing the rules in the region: Israeli PM

JERUSALEM: Israel said on Tuesday it does not seek war with Iran, a day after presenting purported evidence of past Iranian nuclear-arms research, but suggested President Donald Trump backed its latest attempt to kill a deal aimed at curbing Iran’s atomic ambitions.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told CNN that “nobody” sought a conflict with Tehran, a prospect seen by some as a possible result of the deal’s collapse.

Asked if Israel is prepared to go to war with Tehran, Netanyahu said: “Nobody’s seeking that kind of development. Iran is the one that’s changing the rules in the region.”

Tehran, which denies ever pursuing nuclear weapons, dismissed Netanyahu as “the boy who cried wolf,” and called his presentation propaganda.

“We warn the Zionist regime and its allies to stop their plots and dangerous behaviors or they will face Iran’s surprising and firm response,” Iranian Defense Minister Amir Hatami was quoted as saying by Tasnim on Tuesday.

Hatami called Netanyahu’s accusations “baseless.”


Egypt and Ethiopia to discuss Nile dam dispute — PM

Updated 18 November 2018
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Egypt and Ethiopia to discuss Nile dam dispute — PM

  • Egypt’s prime minister said he and his Ethiopian counterpart agreed “to start bilateral discussions in the next two weeks"

CAIRO: Egypt said on Sunday it would hold talks with Ethiopia in the next two weeks to iron out differences over an Ethiopian dam on the River Nile that Cairo sees as a threat to its water supplies.
The two countries and Sudan have held a series of meetings over the $4 billion hydroelectric Grand Renaissance Dam, but have yet to reach a deal on managing flows and other issues.
Egypt fears the scheme will restrict the waters coming down down from Ethiopia’s highlands, through the deserts of Sudan, to its fields and reservoirs. Ethiopia, which wants to become Africa’s biggest power exporter, says it will have no such impact.
Egypt’s prime minister, Mostafa Madbouly, said he and his Ethiopian counterpart, Abiy Ahmed, agreed “to start bilateral discussions in the next two weeks to agree on the points that remain unagreed,” state news agency MENA reported.
MENA cited Abiy as saying he wanted to preserve Egypt’s Nile river rights.
The dam was scheduled to be finished by 2020, but Abiy said in August it would be delayed by several years.