Israeli Prime Minister Bejamin Netanyahu has again opened his mouth in regard to the nuclear deal between the United Nations and Iran. He has claimed that Israel is not bound by the provisions of the deal and as if that wasn’t bad enough, he has hinted at a possible military strike.
This is merely the newest in a long line of reasons why the United States should kick Israel to the curb like a scrub ex-boyfriend.
The deal that Netanyahu has claimed to be a “historic mistake” imposes strict limits on Iran’s nuclear production for the next decade, while allowing assets to unfreeze and UN sanctions to be lifted.
Netanyahu, ever the crusader against diplomacy with Iran, had this to say regarding the deal.
“‘Israel is not bound by this deal with Iran, and Israel is not bound by this deal with Iran because Iran continues to seek our destruction,’ Netanyahu told reporters before a meeting of his security cabinet.
‘We will always defend ourselves.'”
I’m not one to undersell claims that Iran may be a threat to Israel. The two nations have had a contentious past and their present isn’t necessarily a walk through strawberry fields either. But, the deal between Iran and UN representatives from the United States, Great Britain, Germany, Russia, France, and China was an opportunity to let diplomacy take the place of a gun.
Which I suppose is something Bejamin Netanyahu knows little about, considering his reactionary statements and the company he keeps here in America.
Earlier this year, Netanyahu came to the United States to appeal to the new conservative-heavy Congress about the harmful effects of the nuclear deal. Congressional Republicans were moved by the appeal, even sending a letter to the Iranian government that any deal reached without legislative approval could be undone by the next President with “the stroke of a pen.”
Netanyahu’s visit and the conservative response not only angered the White House, but also invoked a negative reaction from Israelis, whose claims for concern hinge on strained relationships with the United States.
At the end of the day, whether Netanyahu’s claims of Iranian aggression against Israel are founded or not, the nuclear deal is still an example of positive diplomacy. Instead of running into battle, UN representatives handled a problem, at least for the time being, in a peaceful manner. If Netanyahu’s claims of possible military action come to fruition, then any fallout is on his head.
Unfortunately, I believe many in Congress would champion an act of extreme aggression perpetrated by Israel, since the warhawks in Congress would love nothing more than to shove a nuclear warhead up Tehran’s ass.