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Israeli PM dubbed historic nuclear deal a 'historic mistake'

July 15, 2015 05:17 AM
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Israel fins it hard to digest and  may attempt lobby US legislators to torpedo the deal   

 TEL AVIV - Israeli officials have criticised the fresh deal with Iran over its nuclear programme, branding it as a historic mistake that will have grave consequences, according to state-funded Russia Today channel.

Netanyahu said, adding: "Israel is not bound by this agreement. The Iranian regime is committed to the destruction of Israel and Israel has the right and the obligation to defend itself, by itself, against any threat. As prime minister of Israel, I would like to make it clear: Israel will not all

“From the initial reports received, it is already possible to say that this agreement is a historic mistake for the world,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded on Tuesday when asked about the nuclear agreement reached in Vienna.

 "This agreement and what it means endanger many countries, including, of course, Israel," Netanyahu said, adding: "Israel is not bound by this agreement. The Iranian regime is committed to the destruction of Israel and Israel has the right and the obligation to defend itself, by itself, against any threat. As prime minister of Israel, I would like to make it clear: Israel will not allow Iran to develop a military nuclear capability."

“Wide-ranging concessions were made in all of the areas which should have prevented Iran from getting the ability to arm itself with a nuclear weapon,” the Israeli prime minister stated. “The desire to sign an agreement was stronger than everything else,” he added.

 Netanyahu had been campaigning against negotiating with Iran for months, most notably attending a US Congress joint session in March without Washington’s approval to deliver a Tehran-blasting speech before American legislators.

 In the last days he intensified his effort online, launching a Farsi-language Twitter account to convince ordinary Iranians that the deal would hurt them. He argued that the Iranian government would be encouraged to suppress the population after the deal was signed.

The nuclear-related sanctions hurt the Iranian economy, which was denied foreign credits and part of oil revenues due to Western restrictions. The country experienced currency devaluation, shortages of certain goods like medicine and other adverse effects that the Iranian people had to endure.

Israeli is expected to continue its effort to torpedo the deal through lobbying American lawmakers, Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely implied. “The implications of this agreement for the foreseeable future are very grave,” she said. “The State of Israel will employ all diplomatic means to prevent the deal,” she added.

 Israel says it opposes the deal because it does not ensure that Tehran would not acquire nuclear weapons, an argument that proponents of the deal call false. It also believes that lifting economic sanctions would give Iran additional resources to fund Israel's enemies in the region.

 

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