Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Tuesday, 27 Tammuz, responded to the deal signed with Iran in Vienna, a deal Israel warns will endanger the free world and add a worrisome measure of instability to the Middle East.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani tweeted the successful talks had shown “constructive engagement works.”
Since his election in 2013, Rouhani has sought to end the 13-year-old standoff with Western governments over Iran’s controversial nuclear program – and with it the sanctions that have paralyzed Iran’s economy. The signing of the agreement bring an immediate end to the sanctions.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued the following statement at his meeting with Netherlands Foreign Minister Bert Koenders:
“I will refer later to the details of the agreement, but before that, I would like to say here and now – when you are willing to make an agreement at any cost, this is the result.
“From the initial reports we can already conclude that this agreement is an historic mistake for the world.
“Far-reaching concessions have been made in all areas that were supposed to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons capability. In addition, Iran will receive hundreds of billions of dollars with which it can fuel its terror machine and its expansion and aggression throughout the Middle East and across the globe.
“One cannot prevent an agreement when the negotiators are willing to make more and more concessions to those who, even during the talks, keep chanting: ‘Death to America.’
“We knew very well that the desire to sign an agreement was stronger than anything, and therefore we did not commit to preventing an agreement.
“We did commit to preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, and this commitment still stands.
“I say to all the leaders in Israel, it is time to put petty politics aside and unite behind this most fateful issue to the future and security of the State of Israel.”
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)