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April 8, 2015 3:12 pm

Netanyahu Endorses Obama’s Admission of Zero Breakout Time After Iran Nuclear Deal Expires

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Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu waded into a controversy on Wednesday by endorsing a statement made by President Obama on the recent Iran nuclear framework agreement which his surrogates have since attempted to walk back.

“Israel shares the view that upon the expiry of the nuclear agreement with Iran the latter’s breakout time to achieve nuclear weapons will be zero,” Netanyahu said, after Obama expressed a similar sentiment in an interview with NPR on Saturday.

“This will be the inevitable result of the automatic lifting of the restrictions, which would enable Iran to achieve an industrial-grade production capability,” the Prime Minister added.

In the interview with NPR’s Steve Inskeep, President Obama acknowledged that, after year 13, the current deal being worked out with Iran would not provide the international community with the promised 1-year warning should Iran decide to violate the deal and go for a nuclear weapon.

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The President said that, “in year 13, 14, 15″³ of the deal, “they have advanced centrifuges that enrich uranium fairly rapidly, and at that point, the breakout times would have shrunk almost down to zero,” and that the assurances of a 1-year warning time would be available to the international community for “at least well over a decade. And then in years 13 and 14, it is possible that those breakout times would have been much shorter.”

In a State Department briefing on Tuesday, spokeswoman Marie Harf attempted to claim that the President was in fact “referring to a scenario in which there was no deal,” adding that the President’s scenario was “more of a hypothetical, ‘well look, without a deal, this is what could possibly happen.’ He was not indicating what would happen under an agreement in those years.”

Observers were quick to reject Harf’s claim, with one advocacy group saying that, “The State Department will need to come up with a new spin on the President’s comments. Otherwise they’re going to get accused of blatantly trying to gaslight reporters.”

Israel has long opposed the deal with Iran saying it leaves the Jewish state vulnerable with Iran on the verge of becoming a nuclear power. Instead, Israel has called for a better deal which involves a commitment from Iran to modify its threatening behavior, and the removal of Iran’s nuclear capability.

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  • Julian Clovelley

    The silliness of all this is expressed in the last paragraph “Instead, Israel has called for a better deal which involves a commitment from Iran to modify its threatening behavior and the removal of Iran’s nuclear capability.”

    That is not an “alternative plan” to what Obama has achieved – It still ends up with a “commitment”, which in turn brings us back to the fact that the issue is really about personal relationships between the Iranian leadership, and the Israeli leadership

    All this sound and fury really signifies nothing except an attempt by extremist Zionism to push the Jewish communities in the US to vote for the Republican Party. It is one bunch of ultra-conservatives supporting and pressing the political interests of another bunch of ultra-conservatives across international borders, because “internationally” is how ultraconservatism operates these days, with its locally detrimental free trade and globalised labour market obsession that reduces local American labour towards third world conditions, in order to “compete in a global labour market”

    The interests of Israel aren’t in any of this – It is far more about getting a Republican Administration into the White House, and widening the rift between rich and poor. In terms of Israel’s situation nothing is improved. We still end up with a determined Islamic State ruled by Theocrats facing off the religious extremism obsessed leadership of a nation that for fifty years has occupied the territory of what should be a Palestinian State

    Nothing will change until that changes – why should it? – Why should Iran believe that a nation that occupies and settle territory not its own does not have its sights on gaining even more “lebensraum”? Such a scenario makes sense to everyone – from those who fear it, to those who are saddened by it, to those Zionists that ardently seek it using ancient mythology as a weapon of expansion and “mass destruction” of competing cultures and ethnologies.

    Get real guys or you will get precisely NOWHERE! Stop trying to disguise dynamics that are all too obvious to anyone with half a brain.

    • You seem to believe that your argument is correct but to people like us it is wrong since everything else you say to qualify it are wrong….. Just one example:

      “We still end up with a determined Islamic State ruled by Theocrats facing off the religious extremism obsessed leadership of a nation that for fifty years has occupied the territory of what should be a Palestinian State”

      Israel is not occupying territory since it owns all the territory according to the British mandate. Palestinians do not automatically have rights to the lands since they are considered disputed lands. They remain disputed lands according to the UN and most other Toms, Dicks and Harry’s despite the fact that the lands have already been given to the Jews by the British Mandate and should not be in dispute at all.

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