Israel Feature: Netanyahu – “US & Europe, Galloping Towards Iran Nuclear Deal, Are Endangering Our Existence”


In a message indicating his fear that a comprehensive nuclear deal over Tehran’s nuclear program is imminent, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned that “major powers and Iran are galloping toward an agreement that will endanger the existence of Israel”.

Netanyahu spoke at the weekly Cabinet meeting as Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif continued discussions with high-level officials of the 5+1 Powers (US, Britain, Germany, France, China, and Russia), including US Secretary of State John Kerry.

See Iran Daily, Feb 8: Nuclear Talks — FM Zarif & US Secretary of State Kerry Meet Again in Germany

The Prime Minister’s office then put out a series of tweets, declaring that Netanyahu will take “any action” to block the “bad and dangerous” agreement:

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  1. Ron
    No nation can ignore a nuclear strike. But Netanyahu is ranting about a threat by Iran that doesn’t have a nuclear weapon. And the international community has every reason to expect Israel to respond with common sense, and at least modicum of foreign policy sophistication: not like a bunch of schoolyard bullies.

    Israel could learn about sensible behavior from the conduct of South Korea in the face of the much more ominous North Korean threat. The Iranians are a nuisance, but they are not suicidal, nor do they have a record of attacking other nations. Nuclear weapons are only effective as a deterrent if they aren’t used.

    Meir Dagan, a former head of Mossad,, and Yuval Diskin, a former chief of Shin Bet have both commented publicly about Netanyahu’s hawkish threats. In 2011, Dagan described an Israeli attack on Iran as a “stupid idea”. More significantly, both Dagan and Diskin have questioned the utility of any strike on Iran. Diskin says there’s no truth in Netanyahu’s assertion that “if Israel does act, the Iranians won’t get the Bomb”. And Dagan is correct in challenging the view that if there were an Israeli attack, the Iranian regime might fall. “In case of an attack [on Iran], political pressure on the regime will disappear. If Israel will attack, there is no doubt in my mind that this will also provide them with the opportunity to go ahead and move quickly to nuclear weapons.” He added that if there were military action, the sanctions regime itself might collapse, making it easier for Iran to obtain the materiel needed to cross the nuclear threshold.”

  2. […] Netanyahu recently lashed out at the US and the other five powers negotiating with Iran on its nuclear program, asserting that “major powers and Iran are galloping toward an agreement that will endanger the existence of Israel” (…). […]

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