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Israel: Westerners Cheering US-Iran Deal Are Detached From Reality

By    |   Thursday, 02 April 2015 08:12 PM

The smiles that accompanied Thursday's announcement of a framework nuclear deal between Iran, the United States, and five other international powers are detached from reality, Israel said.

The sentiment Jerusalem's first reaction to the developments in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Thursday was voiced by Israeli International Relations Minister Yuval Steinitz, The Jerusalem Post reported.

Steinitz said the reality is that Tehran made no concessions on the nuclear issue and continues to menace Israel and every other country in the Middle East.

Even before the press conference in Lausanne where the announcement was made, the Israeli Prime Minister's Office posted on Twitter a message declaring that any agreement "must significantly roll back Iran's nuclear capabilities and stop its terrorism and aggression."

Below the tweet was a map with arrows leading from Tehran to Yemen, Gaza, Israel, Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq. The arrows appeared beneath a headline: "Iran's aggression during the nuclear negotiations."

Israeli officials emphasize that Iran continues to behave in an aggressive fashion across the Middle East at a time that it lacks a nuclear weapons capability. They contend that once Tehran has atomic weapons, it will feel free to take an even more belligerent posture toward its neighbors.

In an interview with Israel Radio, Steinitz said he did not want to discuss the possibility of an Israeli military option "other than to say that it exists."

He added, however, that in the past, Israel had taken military action despite Washington's opposition, pointing to the 1981 military operation that destroyed Iraqi ruler Saddam Hussein's nuclear reactor.

"I just want to say one thing: When we had no choice and needed to attack and destroy the reactor in Iraq, that was against the U.S. position," Steinitz said.

He said the Israeli government had a "responsibility and duty" to defend the country even if the world "has other ideas or illusions or agreements that do not ensure our security."

While Jerusalem is working on the diplomatic and intelligence levels, the military option must remain on the table, Steinitz said.

Meanwhile, Maj. Gen. Nimrod Sheffer, the head of the Israel Defense Force's Planning Directorate, was asked in an interview whether he could imagine a situation in which Israel would bomb Iran against U.S. wishes.

"Since it happened in the past, I have no reason to believe it won't happen again," Sheffer told Israel Hayom.

"If ultimately an agreement is in fact signed, we will have to ask ourselves, 'OK, what are we going to do with this?'" he stated. "If someone builds a bomb and at the same time declares that Israel has no right to exist, we have to think about how to respond."

Sheffer said that if Israel feels its existence depends on taking action, it will do so.

While the Israelis said they were troubled by the emerging deal, Iranian officials were boasting about the concessions they had won from President Barack Obama's negotiating team, headed by Secretary of State John Kerry, the Washington Free Beacon reported.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif emphasized that Iran would not have to close any of its nuclear facilities under the deal.

"We will continue enriching [uranium]," Zarif said. "We will continue research and development."

Zarif said that once a final agreement is reached, then "all nuclear-related secondary sanctions will be terminated."

Zarif also said that Tehran would be permitted to sell "enriched uranium" in the international marketplace and that it hoped to be making money from it.

Later on Thursday, Zarif accused U.S. officials of lying about details of the agreement, the Free Beacon reported.

Zarif disputed Kerry's claims that the sanctions relief would be implemented in a phased fashion — and only after Tehran verifies that it is not conducting any nuclear weapons work.

Zarif, "echoing previous comments, said the United States has promised an immediate termination of sanctions," according to the website.

"Iran/5+1 Statement: 'US will cease the application of ALL nuclear-related secondary economic and financial sanctions.' Is this gradual?' the foreign minister wrote on Twitter.

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