Benjamin Netanyahu has united his cabinet and they are opposing the framework progress on the Iran Nuclear Deal. Netanyahu has stood firm as the devil’s advocate in the negotiations and halting finalization of the agreement. Oppositional Defiance is what Benjamin’s tactical reasoning is called not diplomacy!
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he and his Cabinet are united in “strongly opposing” an emerging framework agreement on curbing Iran’s nuclear program and demanded that any final deal contain Iranian recognition of Israel’s right to exist.
Iran and six world powers announced a series of understandings Thursday, with a final agreement to be reached by June 30. A final deal is meant to cut significantly into Iran’s bomb-capable technology while giving Tehran quick access to assets and markets blocked by international sanctions.
Netanyahu has harshly criticized the negotiations, demanding instead that the Iranian program be dismantled. He claims Iran cannot be trusted, and that leaving certain facilities intact would allow the Iranians to eventually build a bomb. Iran denies it has nuclear weapons ambitions and says its program is intended for peaceful purposes.
However, it appears unlikely Israel will be able to prevent the final deal amid broad international support for such an agreement.
On Friday, the eve of the Jewish Passover holiday, Netanyahu convened his Cabinet for a special session to discuss the emerging framework, reached after a week of grueling negotiations in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Netanyahu said after the session that “Israel will not accept an agreement which allows a country that vows to annihilate us to develop nuclear weapons, period.”
However, he also acknowledged the possibility of a final agreement being reached, saying that such a deal must “include a clear and unambiguous Iranian recognition of Israel’s right to exist.”
Netanyahu said his Cabinet “is united strongly opposing the proposed deal,” which he said would threaten Israel’s survival.