Israeli leaders slam Iran deal


(JNS.org) Israeli leaders slammed the deal reached in Geneva under which Iran will stop enriching uranium beyond 5 percent and dilute all existing stockpiles already enriched to 20 percent, in exchange for $7 billion in sanctions relief. “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,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday. “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 canceled in weeks.”

Economy and Trade Minister Naftali Bennett said Israel “does not see itself as bound by this bad, this very bad agreement that has been signed.”

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said the deal is “not a Western achievement, but rather a surrender to the Iranian smile and charm offensive and Iranian deceit, the goal of which is to buy time without its military nuclear program being harmed in any practical way.”

“A diplomatic accord is certainly better than war, a diplomatic accord is better than a situation of permanent confrontation – just not this agreement,” said Finance Minister Yaid Lapid.

According to the agreement, Iran will stop enriching uranium beyond 5 percent and dilute all existing stockpiles already enriched to 20 percent. The country will not install any new centrifuges and will allow regular monitoring by international nuclear inspectors. In return, the U.S. has agreed to provide up to $7 billion in sanctions relief, the White House said. It can do so by executive order without approval from Congress.

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