The White House has finally replied to the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, regarding the nuclear deal with Iran. With his own campaign message targeted against the US and world leaders reaching a peaceful deal with Tehran in 2012, Netanyahu was well overdue for a rebuking by the leader of the world’s most powerful nation.
Netanyahu has been a fierce critic of the framework deal that seeks to reach a peaceful settlement with Iran, a deal that lifts sanctions on Iran in order to relieve its citizens of their current economic hardships.
On Twitter, the Obama administration used Netanyahu’s own imagery, and one in particular that he had presented before the United Nations. It was a bomb with a lit fuse, and he drew a red line on it to indicate Iran’s proximity to obtaining a nuclear weapon. That presentation by the Israeli leader in 2012 was an attempt to convince the world that Iran was very close to obtaining a nuclear bomb, and that world leaders needed to take action.
— White House Archived (@ObamaWhiteHouse) April 8, 2015
The White House’s tweet featured the exact same bomb drawing that Netanyahu had used, with the fuse notably snapped in two by a pair of scissors, and explained that the deal in progress would completely shut down Iran’s pathway to a nuclear weapon. Mr Netanyahu had often claimed that the nuclear deal being worked out by the US was not the best way to prevent Tehran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.
The image posted by the Obama administration explained several aspects of the deal, including the fact that Iran had agreed to reduce the amount of centrifuges it operates by 66 percent and had agreed not to produce or stockpile highly enriched uranium. Netanyahu’s ‘red line’ is still present, but the White House uses it to argue that Iran would reach the nuclear threshold if the US did NOT engage with it in diplomatic talks. A blue line can be seen at the bottom of the bomb indicating that, with the deal in place, Iran would have a zero percent chance of obtaining a nuclear bomb, telling Netanyahu that his claims were particularly shameful.
In 2012, Netanyahu had expressed his skepticism about any possible diplomatic deal between the US-led talks with Iran regarding its nuclear program, saying that the deal threatened the survival of Israel if it were reached.
“At this late hour, there is only one way to peacefully prevent Iran from getting atomic bombs. That’s by placing a clear red line on Iran’s nuclear program. A better deal would roll back Iran’s vast nuclear infrastructure, and require Iran to stop its aggression in the region, its terror worldwide and its calls and actions to annihilate the state of Israel. That’s a better deal. It’s achievable”, he said on CNN in 2012.
But now that the deal is almost finalized, with Iran showing commitment to abide by the framework present by the US and its allies, Netanyahu and his cohorts in Israel have no choice but to sit back and watch, their heads bent down in shame.
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President Barack Obama himself had strongly criticized opponents of the deal, arguing that it is the best way to ensure that Iran does not try to obtain a nuclear weapon.
“It is a good deal. A deal that meets our core objectives. Iran could take to develop a nuclear weapon, and introduce the most robust intrusive inspections regime ever negotiated for any nuclear program in history but this deal will stop it’’, he said.
All the noise that Netanyahu has made about the deal is apparently for Israel’s security in the region…. And Obama has already said several times that the US is committed to supporting Israel’s security. A deal with Iran has no bearing on the US’s stance on protecting its ally from harm.
“The most important thing for Israelis is to know that they can defend themselves, and that they have America – the world’s most powerful country – there to protect them alongside their military and their intelligence operations,” Obama said.
So, if all these promises by the White House to the Israelis are still not satisfactory, what can the White House do to make Netanyahu and his people happy? It seems that the president is already bending over backwards for this war-monger.
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