Israeli PM Netanyahu Still trying to derail Iran Nuclear Deal

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – –

BBC Monitoring reports that over the weekend, even as the great Powers were certifying that Iran was in compliance with the UNSC deal permitting only civilian enrichment of uranium, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who had attempted to derail the negotiations, continued to try to derail it. El’ad Benari reported on Arut 7 Radio that

“Iran is still seeking to achieve nuclear military capabilities, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu warned Saturday [16 January] night, after Iran’s deal with world powers was implemented.

“Even after signing the nuclear deal, Iran has not relinquished its ambition to obtain nuclear weapons, and continues to act to destabilize the Middle East and spread terror throughout the world while violating its international commitments . . .”

Source: Arutz 7 radio e-mail news in English 2318gmt 16 Jan 16

See also: Press TV: “Israel: Iran seeking to get nuclear arms”

Israel has several hundred nuclear warheads, produced at its Dimona enrichment facility, and has refused to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty or to allow UN inspections of its arsenal. Israeli leaders have sometimes hinted around that they would nuke their neighbors under certain circumstances.

For his part Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that “all are happy except Zionists, warmongers, sowers of discord among Islamic nations and extremists in the U.S.”

In contrast, the liberal pro-Israel US lobbying organization J Street supports the Iran deal. It has pledged to try to unseat Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., and Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., two of its biggest Republican opponents.

I have argued that there is a real sense in which the Iran negotiations were a project of the American Jewish community, supported by most Jewish Democrats in Congress.

Netanyahu’s refusal to admit defeat on a negotiation finalized and endorsed by the entire United Nations Security Council reminds me of the Black Knight fight scene in Monty Python and the Holy Grail:

Monty Python: ” Black Knight – Monty Python and The Holy Grail”

13 Responses

  1. I just got through reading a bunch of garbage from conservatives who are all upset that the 10 US sailors were released! They so want war. I am getting so sick of these war mongering idiots. These people border on insane. Apparently they have learned nothing from Iraq. I don’t know what those of us who are sane can do about this, but I thank Professor Cole for keeping us informed about the Middle East. Unfortunately facts and good sense have little effect on people such as this.

  2. Netanyahu looks more the fool with each passing day. It is Israel that should be feared far more than Iran which has shown a willingness to negotiate and compromise, something the Israelis won’t do with the Palestinians as they continue to steal their land.

  3. Right, on the atomic issue, Netanyahu acts lite a pathetic buffoon, a disservice to Israel.

    • A disservice? He is supported by the mobs in the settlements, he thinks Israel can do nothing wrong, he terrorises the USA into submission. What’s not to like?

  4. Azadar Hussain

    @HameedPooya Used to think Israel leaders were pragmatic but from their irresponsible behaviour seems thy r Worst than Saudis.

  5. Can someone explain why Netanyahu is so dead set against the nuclear agreement. If I was him, I’d be dancing in the streets at the thought that an enemy won’t be able to get the most destructive weapon in the world. One first strike by Iran and Israel is blown off the map….doesn’t matter how many more bombs Israel has. Does it have to do with Hezbollah? If so he’s being short-sighted.

    • You don’t think this has anything to do with Iran having nuclear capability do you? Netanyahu and other Zionists have been saying that Iran is a couple of years away from nuclear weapons capability for more than 25 years. And his intelligence people have been telling them that Iran is not anywhere near achieving that capability. This is all the theatre of victimhood. Israel is militarily the most powerful country in the ME and wants to stay that way. It wants to destroy (or rather have the US destroy) any country that might just possibly threaten that hegemony. So it keeps going on about existential threats. The threats to Israel are not from other countries – they are internal – and I’m not talking about the Palestinians.

  6. The man clearly has a grievance. He can demonstrate his displeasure with the U.S. by refusing the $3 billion we heedlessly shovel at him each year. “With all I do do for you, THIS is how you repay me? With betrayal?!! Take your filthy lucre and shove it where the sun don’t shine,” I can hear him say.

  7. I have often wondered why Netenyahu is more worried about Iran, which is hundreds if not thousands of miles away, yet seems completely unconcerned about ISIS.

    Personally, I would be far more worried about having those lunatics on my border than Iran or Hezbollah.

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