Ne­tanyahu re­sorts to U.S. ‘pol­icy com­mu­nity’ to re­vise JCPOA

Tehran Times - - POLITICS -

Is­rael’s Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu has called on the “pol­icy com­mu­nity” in the United States to push de­ci­sion mak­ers in Wash­ing­ton and Euro­pean coun­tries to re­vise the

2015 nu­clear agree­ment with Iran. “I urge you, in the pol­icy com­mu­nity, to help de­ci­sion mak­ers in the cap­i­tals of Europe and Capi­tol Hill, to take ad­van­tage of this op­por­tu­nity,” the Is­raeli pre­mier said, Press TV re­ported.

By the “pol­icy com­mu­nity”, the Is­raeli leader ap­par­ently means pow­er­ful lob­by­ists such as the Is­raeli Amer­i­can Coun­cil and the Amer­i­can Is­rael Pub­lic Af­fairs Com­mit­tee (AIPAC) which are cen­tral to all anti-Iran mo­tions.

Ne­tanyahu, whose regime is be­lieved to pos­sess the only nu­clear ar­se­nal in the Mid­dle East, has re­peat­edly made un­founded ac­cu­sa­tions that Iran was seek­ing to de­velop nu­clear weapons.

His new call came in a taped mes­sage that fo­cused pri­mar­ily on Iran to the Brook­ings In­sti­tute – Sa­ban Fo­rum meet­ing in Wash­ing­ton.

The an­nual con­fer­ence is funded by the Is­raeli-born busi­ness mogul Haim Sa­ban who said in Novem­ber

2014 that “I would bomb the liv­ing day­lights out of th­ese [ex­ple­tive],” if former U.S. pres­i­dent Barack Obama struck a “bad deal” with Iran and Ne­tanyahu as­sessed it as putting Is­rael at risk.

Amer­i­can Jewish bil­lion­aire Shel­don Adel­son, a pow­er­ful casino mag­nate and another fun­der, sug­gested then that the U.S. det­o­nate a nu­clear bomb in the Ira­nian desert be­fore ne­go­ti­a­tions with Tehran.

Ne­tanyahu hailed Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump for re­fus­ing in Oc­to­ber to cer­tify the Iran deal, known as the Joint Com­pre­hen­sive Plan of Ac­tion (JCPOA).

The Is­raeli pre­mier said the de­ci­sion “has cre­ated an op­por­tu­nity to fix the great flaws” of the JCPOA af­ter the U.S. pres­i­dent warned he might ul­ti­mately ter­mi­nate the agree­ment.

Trump is re­quired by law to cer­tify ev­ery 90 days whether or not Iran is com­ply­ing with the nu­clear deal. If he ar­gues that Iran is not in com­pli­ance, that could cause an Amer­i­can with­drawal from the in­ter­na­tional pact.

While Trump did not pull Wash­ing­ton out of the nu­clear deal in Oc­to­ber, he gave the U.S. Congress 60 days to de­cide whether to reim­pose eco­nomic sanc­tions against Tehran that were lifted un­der the pact.

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