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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

An historic mistake

As you might imagine, no one here in Israel is very pleased about the impending nuclear deal with Iran. Prime Minister Netanyahu is calling it an historic mistake.

"Iran is going to receive a sure path to nuclear weapons. Many of the restrictions that were supposed to prevent it from getting there will be lifted," Netanyahu said at the start of a meeting with Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders in Jerusalem.

"Iran will get a jackpot, a cash bonanza of hundreds of billions of dollars, which will enable it to continue to pursue its aggression and terror in the region and in the world. This is a bad mistake of historic proportions."
Netanyahu said he would do what he could to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.

In the meantime, in a bid to sell the deal to the US Congress, the Obama administration is making the specious claim that sanctions can be 'snapped back' into place.

Iran has accepted a so-called "snapback" plan that will restore sanctions in 65 days if it violates a deal agreed with six world powers to curb the country's nuclear program, diplomats told Reuters on Tuesday.

The diplomats said a U.N. arms embargo would remain in place for five years and U.N. missile sanctions would stay in place for eight years.
Of course, the Russians and Chinese would have to agree to the snapback, so even if the sanctions could be 'snapped' back into place (which they cannot), Russia and China would never agree to them anyway.

What could go wrong?

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