Netanyahu clarified that the Iran nuclear is “a bad deal. Either fix it — or cancel it. This is Israel’s position.”
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu clarified his stance on the Iran nuclear deal on Tuesday, calling for the agreement to either be amended or cancelled altogether.
“In the case of Iran, there have been some news stories about Israel’s purported position on the nuclear deal with Iran. So let me take this opportunity and clarify: Our position is straightforward. This is a bad deal. Either fix it — or cancel it. This is Israel’s position,” Netanyahu said at a press conference with Argentine President Mauricio Macri.
Netanyahu’s statement came after a report by Reuters suggesting that Israel and Saudi Arabia – both have been strongly opposed to the Iran deal – were now in favor of the US remaining in the pact, despite their reservations about Iran’s adherence to the agreement.
The report said that the Trump administration is still debating a “new stance” on the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement.
“The main issue for us was to get the president not to discard the JCPOA. But he had very strong feelings, backed by (U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations) Nikki Haley, that they should be more aggressive with Iran,” one of the two US officials told Reuters. “Almost all the strategies presented to him were ones that tried to preserve the JCPOA but lean forward on these other (issues.)”
Netanyahu is scheduled to meet with Trump during his Sept. 26 visit to New York to address the United Nations General Assembly. The Israeli leader has been an outspoken critic of the Iran nuclear deal and had urged former President Barack Obama against it.
Netanyahu will reportedly present three demands. The first requirement is that the deal be altered to include a ban on any Iranian nuclear research. The current deal enables Iran do conduct civilian and medical research, while Israel fears it is only a guise for its weapons development.
The second requirement is that Iran’s centrifuges be destroyed. They are currently offline, but could be activated within a short period of time.
The third, and possibly the most complicated, is that Iran’s long-range missile program be banned. The current deal does not relate in any way to Iran’s missile program, which has made great strides and directly threatens Israel. The Islamic Republic recently conducted several missile tests, in defiance of United Nations resolutions.
During the 2016 national election campaign, Trump repeatedly called the deal “disastrous” and promised to “rip it up.”
By: JNS.org and United with Israel Staff