Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s administration has condemned the Iran nuclear deal as “a license to kill” that endangered the lives of thousands of Israeli citizens. Netanyahu challenged the U.S.’s lifting of nuclear sanctions against an administration that was sponsoring attacks on their people before issuing clear threats against the realization of the controversial deal.
Benjamin Netanyahu publicly denounced Tuesday’s deal between western powers and Iran as a “bad mistake of historic proportions.” The Israeli Prime Minister was referring to a deal signed between the U.S. and Iran that sought to grant Iran billions of dollars in relief from sanctions in exchange of curbing Iran’s nuclear program.
Netanyahu expressed deep rooted concern that the new deal would only empower Iran to continue what it had been doing for years before, which is to make nuclear weapons behind the world’s back. Harsh criticism was aimed at the deal, which according to Netanyahu, only opened the floodgates for an attack by Iran of nuclear proportions, unlike any of their recent sponsored attacks.
The Israeli Prime Minister had openly challenged and criticized U.S. President Barrack Obama’s commitment to having the controversial deal signed. Iran is already sponsoring rebel attacks on Israel, a deal to have sanctions against their nuclear program lifted undoubtedly amounts to a rubber stamping of the mass murder of innocent Israeli citizens.
On the eve of the deal’s signing, Netanyahu reiterated his stand against the deal and even went on to issue a veiled threat saying, “One cannot prevent an agreement when the negotiators are willing to make more and more concessions to those who, even during the talks, keep chanting: ‘Death to America.’ We knew very well that the desire to sign an agreement was stronger than anything and therefore we did not commit to preventing an agreement. We did commit to preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, and this commitment still stands.”
Criticism for the deal was shared by Israel’s top leaders across party lines. Education Minister Naftali Bennett stated that July 14 would be forever remembered as a “dark day for the free world.” Bennett’s cabinet colleague Miri Regev was more vivid, equating the agreement to a “license to kill.”
The head of Israeli’s Yesh Atid opposition party, Yair Lapid, in a blatant attack on Iran’s administration, told the Associated Press, “This is a regime based in deceit, and now they are going to do what they did for the last 20 years, which is trying to get themselves nuclear weapons behind the back of the world. Now they are going to do it with the help of the international community.”
Netanyahu’s administration plans to embark on widespread lobbying efforts in the U.S. Congress so as to oppose the bill.
Though Republicans are strongly in opposition of the agreement, little can be done as President Obama conveniently does not need congressional support for a multinational deal, especially one that is not designated a treaty. The train has left the station, the U.S. Congress’ hands are tied, so are Netanyahu’s efforts and the fate of thousands of Israeli citizens.
The Iran nuclear agreement has completely erased years of gains made by the free world in curtailing the mass production of nuclear war heads. With Iran’s military experiments off the hook, Israel’s safety is in doubt. This deal will prove to be far more harmful to the world than beneficial.