How Israel Sees The Geneva Deal

Benjamin Netanyahu did not mince words about the deal President Obama has negotiated with Iran. The Israeli Prime Minister declared it “a historic mistake”. He added: “Today the world has become much more dangerous because the most dangerous regime in the world took a significant step to getting the most dangerous weapon in the world”.

Netanyahu explained that for the first time, the leading powers of the world have agreed to uranium enrichment in Iran. In addition, they have removed sanctions it took years to build up. All they received in exchange are “cosmetic Iranian concessions that are possible to do away with in a matter of weeks.”

Netanyahu emphasized that Israel is not bound by the deal. “I want to make it clear [that] Israel will not allow Iran to develop a military nuclear capability,” he stated.

Would Israel attack Iran in the face of an agreement negotiated by the U.S. president and consented to by other world leaders? Not, I assume, in the short term. Nor, in the short term, will Israel likely need to attack. Iran will slow its movement towards obtaining nukes until sanctions are lifted to a greater degree.

Before seriously considering an attack on Iran, Israel probably will wait until it learns that Iran is attempting a “nuclear breakout” or until Israel has a friend in the White House, whichever comes first.


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