Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Israeli politicians weigh in on Iran deal

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu reacted to the Iranian nuclear dealon Tuesday morning, after Iranian and Western diplomats revealed a deal had been reached ahead of an official announcement of the agreement at noon Vienna time.
According to Netanyahu, "the nuclear deal with Iran is a bitter mistake of historic proportions."

Former PM Ehud Barak"The agreement gives legitimacy for Iran to become a nuclear threshold state," Barak said. It allows them to subsidize terror and removes them from the noose of sanctions. It is fair to say that it will allow Iran to follow North Korea to become a nuclear power. In the deal, the world recognized Iran as a legitimate nuclear superpower." 

Opposition leader Isaac Herzog (Zionist Union) announced that he would be leaving for the US in the coming days to "demand a dramatic package of security measures for Israel." Voicing his disappointment over the deal at a Knesset press conference, Herzog said he had been in talks with AIPAC and other bodies in the US and that he intends to fly there as soon as possible to "clarify the nature of the risks stemming from the agreement to Israel and the rest of the region."

"With regard to security, I am more extreme than Netanyahu," Herzog said. "In light of the situation, we must do everything within our power to improve our security. I have full confidence in the power of the State of Israel, and the unity and the power of our society to face and overcome any challenge and risks that lie in its path. Even if there are disputes within, Israel knows how to unite and fight together for security."

Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid intends to lobby Congressmen to vote against the deal, which he said made Tuesday "a bad day for the Jewish people."

Education Minister Naftali Bennett went further, saying "this day will be remembered as a black day in the history of the free world." He spoke out against the deal on CNN, immediately after the network broadcast speeches praising the deal by the presidents of the US and Iran.

"The history books have been rewritten again today, and this period will be deemed particularly grave and dangerous," Bennett said. "Western citizens who get up for another day at work or school, are not aware of the fact that about half a trillion dollars has been transferred to the hands of a terrorist superpower, the most dangerous country in the world, who has promised the destruction of nations and peoples. Today it may be us, tomorrow it may reach every country in the form of suitcase bombs in London or New York. Israel has done everything possible to warn of danger and in the end it will follow its own interests and will do whatever it takes to defend itself."

Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman warned that "the agreement with Iran will be remembered in history the same way as the Munich Agreement that led to World War II and the agreement with North Korea that led to its nuclearization.

"This agreement ignores great dangers, and as a result is a total surrender to terror and unbridled violence in the international arena," Liberman said. "A black flag waves over this agreement and it will be remembered as a black day in history, and in the entire free world. The State of Israel needs to ensure at all times and in all circumstances that it will defend itself. Today, Israel needs to remember: 'If I am not for myself, who will be for me'?

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