Obama's self delusional deal with Iran
Israeli officials denounced the interim deal reached between six world powers and Iran in Geneva as a "bad deal" Sunday, warning it creates a new reality on the ground that will oblige Israel to make decisions.USA Today:
According to officials from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office, the deal gave Iran "exactly what it wanted -- a serious lessening of sanctions as well as preserving the most significant parts of its nuclear program."
The economic pressure Iran is under could have led to "a much better deal" that dismantles its nuclear capabilities, the official told Israeli media.
Netanyahu is expected to comment in person later Sunday, as the Cabinet convenes for its weekly meeting. Reportedly, he is also expecting a phone call from U.S. President Barack Obama.
In the meantime, senior government officials reacted harshly to the interim deal in a series of comments made to Israeli media Sunday morning.
Calling it "Iran's greatest diplomatic victory" since the Islamic revolution, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said recognizing Iran's right to enrich uranium to any degree at all casts the region into a "nuclear arms race."
In light of an "entirely new reality," Israel will have to reassess the situation and reach decisions," the minister said, adding that all options remain on the table.
Israel alone is responsible for its fate and will reach decisions in an "independent, responsible and sober" way, said Lieberman.
Yuval Steinitz, minister of intelligence and strategic affairs and entrusted with the Iranian issue for the government, criticized the deal as too similar to that previously reached with, and violated by, North Korea.
"Israel cannot partake in the international celebration that is based on Iranian deception and self-delusion," Steinitz said, sending a barbed message to the western powers. Changes introduced at the last moment were "far from satisfactory" and the deal remains a "bad one," Steinitz said.
Despite Israel's disappointment, it will continue to insist on its positions and "work together with our friends in the U.S. and the world" toward a comprehensive final agreement, said the minister.
The Israeli government said Sunday that a deal reached with Iran only slows a nuclear program that will still be capable of producing a bomb.Reuters reports that the deal will give Iran access to billions in gold and other precious metals as well as oil revenues. I think it will also be argued that Obama made this bad deal in order to tgry to change tghe subject from his disastrous healthcare law. It want work and it will compound his difficulties/
Speaking to his Cabinet, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the agreement was a "historic mistake" that endangered Israel. Netanyahu also said that Israel is not bound by the international community's nuclear deal and reserves the right to defend itself.
Voicing what he called Israel's right to self-defense, he said, "I want to clarify that Israel will not let Iran develop nuclear military capability."