Israel has firmly rejected President Obama’s claim that its defense officials now support last year’s nuclear deal with Iran. Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu stressed that Israel “has no greater ally than the United States,” but Israel’s position on the Iran nuclear deal “remains unchanged.”
What mattered most now, Netanyahu said, was to “keep Iran’s feet to the fire to ensure that it doesn’t violate the deal; confront Iran’s regional aggression; and dismantle Iran’s global terror network.”
Meanwhile, Israeli minister Tzachi Hanegbi said, “There is no basis for the American government’s approach according to which the full Iranian implementation of the nuclear agreement is indicative of its success….Iran has no reason to violate it during its validation period because it already serves all its purposes. Iran continues its regional subversion unabated. It arms and finances terror organizations and continues to advance its illicit production of ballistic missiles.
“Statements made by President Obama about support by Israeli security officials for the agreement are inaccurate. The Israeli security establishment is aware of the fact that the agreement, if not violated, prevents the strengthening of Iran’s nuclear capacity for at least a decade. At the same time, all of our intelligence officials have stated that when the agreement expires Iran will be free of all restrictions which were imposed upon it by the agreement, and will therefore stand on the brink of acquiring a nuclear weapon within a short space of time….Every day that passes brings us closer to this harsh reality.”
David Steger – Matzav.com Israel