Israel’s Diplomatic-Security Cabinet unanimously rejects Iran nuclear deal • Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: World is much more dangerous place today than it was yesterday • Israeli official: Iran has deceived its way back into family of nations.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the media, Tuesday Photo credit: Oren Ben Hakoon
Israel’s Diplomatic-Security Cabinet met on Tuesday and unanimously rejected the nuclear agreement reached between world powers and Iran.
In a statement to the press, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed his unequivocal opposition to the deal. Netanyahu said, “The world is a much more dangerous place today than it was yesterday. The leading international powers have bet our collective future on a deal with the foremost sponsor of international terrorism. They’ve gambled that in ten years’ time, Iran’s terrorist regime will change while removing any incentive for it to do so. In fact, the deal gives Iran every incentive not to change.
“In the coming decade, the deal will reward Iran, the terrorist regime in Tehran, with hundreds of billions of dollars. This cash bonanza will fuel Iran’s terrorism worldwide, its aggression in the region and its efforts to destroy Israel, which are ongoing.
“Amazingly, this bad deal does not require Iran to cease its aggressive behavior in any way. And just last Friday, that aggression was on display for all to see. While the negotiators were closing the deal in Vienna, Iran’s supposedly moderate president chose to go to a rally in Tehran and at this rally, a frenzied mob burned American and Israeli flags and chanted ‘Death to America, Death to Israel!’ Now, this didn’t happen four years ago. It happened four days ago.
“Iran’s supreme leader, the Ayatollah Khamenei, said on March 21 that the deal does not limit Iran’s aggression in any way. He said, ‘Negotiations with the United States are on the nuclear issue and on nothing else.’ And three days ago he made that clear again. ‘The United States,’ he said, ’embodies global arrogance, and the battle against it will continue unabated even after the nuclear agreement is concluded.’
“Here’s what Hassan Nasrallah, the head of Iran’s terrorist proxy Hezbollah, said about sanctions relief, which is a key component of the deal. He said: ‘A rich and strong Iran will be able to stand by its allies and friends in the region more than at any time in the past.’ Translation: Iran’s support for terrorism and subversion will actually increase after the deal.
“In addition to filling Iran’s terror war chest, this deal repeats the mistakes made with North Korea. There too we were assured that inspections and verifications would prevent a rogue regime from developing nuclear weapons. And we all know how that ended.