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Prime Minister Netanyahu: Iran Agreement a 'Historic Mistake'

In wake of Iran deal, PM opens Cabinet meeting Sunday with a warning that a nuclear Iran would not only threaten Israel - but the world.
By Tova Dvorin
First Publish: 11/24/2013, 12:23 PM

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu opened Sunday's weekly cabinet meeting by mounting a sharp attack on the agreement reached Saturday night between Iran and Western powers over the nuclear issue. 

Netanyahu stated, "For the first time, the world's leading powers have agreed to uranium enrichment in Iran while ignoring the UN Security Council decisions that they themselves led. Sanctions that required many years to put in place contain the best chance for a peaceful solution. These sanctions have been given up in exchange for cosmetic Iranian concessions that can be cancelled in weeks."

"Implications of this agreement threaten many countries - including, of course, Israel. Israel is not bound by this agreement," Netanyahu affirmed. "What we achieved last night in Geneva is not a historic agreement; it is a historic mistake." 

He continued, "Today the world has become a more dangerous place, because the most dangerous regime in the world took another step towards achieving the most dangerous weapon in the world."

Netanyahu's remarks follow statements of satisfaction from US Secretary of State John Kerry, who claims that the deal is "safer for Israel." The move also elicited praise from Regime leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who claims that the deal - which lifts economic sanctions in exchange for a reduction of Iran's nuclear capabilities - was achieved "through the prayers of the Iranian people." 

Surprisingly, former Mossad head Efraim Halevy has fewer reservations regarding the deal. "It was naive to think that Iran would start dismantling centrifuges after the first round of talks," Halevy stated Sunday, in an interview to Army Radio.

"We also must remember that from now on, inspectors will be visiting Iran's nuclear facilities on a day-to-day basis," Halevy continued. "If the Iranians hide [nuclear] sites - and if that concealment is revealed - any agreement will crumble. The Iranians will be slammed for fooling major powers and the consequences will be far-reaching," he concluded. 

Halevy's position flies in the face of Israeli public opinion, which overwhelmingly supports an Iran strike, as a poll revealed earlier this month. The Israeli government has consistently rejected the "bad" deal, and Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman said earlier Sunday that "all options are on the table" when it comes to a possible response.