Obama Slams the Door on Israel
Netanyahu: “This Is A Very Bad Deal”
In a stinging rebuke to President Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Friday condemned a pending deal that will ease sanctions against Iran in exchange for a pledge not to extend its nuclear weapons program.
Even before Secretary of State John Kerry flew to Geneva to make the agreement, Netanyahu said the verdict was clear. This is the “deal of the century” for Iran, he said, and a “very bad deal” for the West.
“Israel utterly rejects it and what I am saying is shared by many in the region, whether or not they express that publicly,” Netanyahu said.” Israel is not obliged by this agreement and Israel will do everything it needs to do to defend itself and the security of its people.”
The deal with Iran could be the last straw for Netanyahu. The centerpiece of his hard-hitting address to the United Nations last month warned against just such an agreement with Hassan Rouhani, the newly elected president of Iran.
Meanwhile, Obama continued to ignore Israel and other U.S. allies concerned about Iran’s nuclear weapons program. He made public overtures to Rouhani and vigorously pursued a deal to ease sanctions.
The decisive moment will come when Iran unveils its nuclear weapon and the means to deliver it. Then there may be more than words from Benjamin Netanyahu.