“I think this is a horrible deal, a dangerous deal that will pave Iran’s path with gold, a golden-paved highway to a nuclear arsenal,” Netanyahu said. “If Iran has nuclear weapons, they don’t merely threaten my country, Israel, or the entire Middle East and America’s allies, they threaten you directly, because simultaneously with developing nuclear weapons they are developing the means to deliver them.”
“So you can have Iran governed by these fanatic ayatollahs who will hold every American citizen hostage to nuclear weapons,” Netanyahu continued, “I think it’s a threat to the peace of the world and that’s what this horrible deal facilitates. It’s even worse than the first one.”
The Obama administration claimed the deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action (JCPOA), would prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons in exchange for relief from some economic sanctions.
“President Obama, in a moment of candor, said in an interview in 2015 that by 2027, five years from now, Iran will have a breakout time to a bomb that is near zero, his words, not mine,” Netanyahu said. “And he was right. This deal is much closer to that timeframe and it gives Iran right now, within two years, they can develop within four years, starting two years from now, they can develop added enrichment capacity of uranium.”
Netanyahu also denounced provisions of the deal that could give Iran relief from sanctions to the tune of “hundreds of billions of dollars.”
“What does it ask of them?” Netanyahu asked. “Nothing. It doesn’t ask them to change their behavior, to stop calling for the destruction of Israel, to stop bombing the neighboring countries like Saudi Arabia and the gulf states. It doesn’t ask them anything. It doesn’t stop the development of ballistic missiles, and it doesn’t even guarantee that their sites will be inspected. This is a deal that gives them everything to threaten all of us and give nothing to us in return.”
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