Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama presented two starkly opposing views of the future following the announcement Tuesday of a nuclear deal with Iran, with Netanyahu saying the world is a more dangerous place, and Obama saying it is safer.As a matter of fact, they can use any money they end up making to build more nuclear weapons, secretly or otherwise.
"The world is a much more dangerous place today than it was yesterday,” Netanyahu said to reporters before convening an emergency meeting of his security cabinet to discuss the deal.
His comments came just a couple hours after Obama said that the deal will prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon and “makes our country and the world safer and more secure.”
But Netanyahu strongly disagreed. “The leading international powers have bet our collective future on a deal with the foremost sponsor of international terrorism,” he said. “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.”
Netanyahu’s comments were aimed more at the destabilizing impact an Iran flush with “hundreds of billions of dollars” in cash following the lifting of sanctions, than at the prospect of a nuclear threat from Tehran.
To further illustrate the likely destabilizing impact of the accord, the prime minister quoted Hassan Nasrallah, the head of “Iran’s terrorist proxy Hezbollah,” as saying that “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.”Exactly. No deal like this is going to result in Iran discarding their nuclear manufacturing. That's why we can't accept it under any circumstances.
In other words, he said, “Iran's support for terrorism and subversion will actually increase after the deal.”
Calling the deal a “stunning historic mistake,” Netanyahu said that Iranian Presdent Hassan Rouhani was correct in saying that with the deal “the international community is removing the sanctions and Iran is keeping its nuclear program.'
“By not dismantling Iran's nuclear program, in a decade this deal will give an unreformed, unrepentant and far richer terrorist regime the capacity to produce many nuclear bombs, in fact an entire nuclear arsenal with the means to deliver it,” he said.