The day before President Obama slammed his “alarmist” critics including Israel’s leader in his American University speech, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was somberly warning the Jewish Federations of North America in a video address that lives will be lost under the Iran nuclear deal.
After 15 years of research and development under the deal, Netanyahu warned, “Iran’s breakout time will be practically zero, just a few days.”
“I think it was like yesterday and I remember this very well, all those preparations for the Y2K bug and the celebrations of the new millennium,” he added. “That was 15 years ago. It’s a blink of an eye. We’re told that this deal buys us time, but 10 to 15 years is no time at all.”
But, he noted, Iran can get there even faster by just violating the deal.
“I have the greatest respect for Israel’s intelligence capabilities. I have the greatest respect for the intelligence services of the United States and Great Britain. But it has to be said honestly. For years none of us discovered the massive underground nuclear facilities Iran was building at Fordo and at Natanz. For years none of us discovered that the Syrians were building a nuclear reactor for plutonium production. So I can tell you from experience, it’s very precarious to bet the deal’s success on intelligence.”
Netanyahu likened the 24-day review period on a request for inspection of a nuclear site to “the police giving a drug dealer three and a half weeks’ notice before raiding his lab.”
“Believe me, you can flush a lot of nuclear meth down the toilet in 24 days,” he added.
“I’ve heard the claim that the deal blocks Iran’s covert path to the bomb. But no matter how good your intelligence is, no one can credibly make such a claim. How can you block what you don’t know?”
The prime minister stated that “as a result of this deal, there’ll be more terrorism. There will be more attacks. And more people will die.”
“It’s been said that most of the money that Iran will get will not go to Iran’s terrorism and aggression,” Netanyahu said. “Well, let’s suppose that’s true. Let’s suppose that Iran just takes 10 percent of the money for terrorism. That’s 10 percent of nearly half a trillion dollars that Iran is expected to receive over the next 10 to 15 years. That’s a staggering amount of money.”
“And that would turn any terrorist group sponsored by Iran into a terrorist superpower.”
He stressed that opposition to the Iran deal is not a partisan issue in Israel, and it shouldn’t be in the United States, either.
“Here in Israel, Isaac Herzog, the Leader of the Labor Opposition, the man who ran against me in this year’s election and who works every day in the Knesset to bring down my government, Herzog has said that there is no daylight between us when it comes to the deal with Iran,” Netanyahu continued. “…Nor is it a personal issue. This isn’t about me. And it’s not about President Obama. It’s about the deal. I’m asking you to rise above partisan politics as we in Israel have risen above it. Judge the deal on its substance and on its substance alone. The more people know about the deal, the more they oppose it.”
“…I oppose this deal because I want to prevent war, and this deal will bring war.”