Netanyahu Condemns Deal With Iran; Receives Reassurance From Obama
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was quick to denounce a nuclear deal sealed between Iran and the international community over the weekend, calling it a “historic mistake.”
“Today the world became a much more dangerous place,” Netanyahu said to his Cabinet. “Because the most dangerous regime in the world made a significant step in obtaining the most dangerous weapons in the world.”
Netanyahu—who has consistently maintained a gung-ho stance toward Iran—excluded himself from the agreement, citing Israel’s right “to defend itself by itself,” and adding that he “will not let Iran develop nuclear military capability.”
Only hours following Netanyahu’s statement, President Obama called the Israeli leader, reassuring his desire to work together to “negotiate a comprehensive solution,” according to the White House.
“The two leaders reaffirmed their shared goal of preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon,” White House officials announced in a readout released on Sunday. “The President underscored that the United States will remain firm in our commitment to Israel, which has good reason to be skeptical about Iran’s intentions.”
The agreement, reached between Tehran and six major world powers, halts and limits certain sectors of Iran’s nuclear program and in return relieves Iran of some of its sanctions. Iran will also allow the United Nation International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN’s nuclear oversight group, to inspect Iran’s nuclear projects.
These steps are part of a preliminary six-month period which diplomats hope will lead to further talks intended to alleviate conflicts surrounding Iran’s nuclear activities.
However, in addition to Israel, Saudi Arabia’s initial silence has communicated its hesitation to agree with the deal and stay parallel with its long harbored suspicions of Iranian diplomacy.
Additionally, Republican lawmakers completed the trifecta of doubt over the Iran talks. South Carolina Lindsey Graham tweeted, “Unless the agreement requires dismantling of the Iranian centrifuges, we really haven’t gained anything.”
Florida Senator Marco Rubio also spoke against the deal. “This agreement shows other rogue states that wish to go nuclear that you can obfuscate, cheat, and lie for a decade, and eventually the United States will tire and drop key demands,” he said.