During his press conference on Thursday president Obama declared that Israel has backed off its opposition of the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran. A statement that surprised many observers, especially those in the Israeli government.
Defending the Iran deal during the presser, Obama said in part:
And it’s not just the assessment of our intelligence community. It’s the assessment of the Israeli military and intelligence community — the country that was most opposed to this deal — that acknowledges this has been a game-changer, and that Iran has abided by the deal, and that they no longer have the sort of short-term breakout capacity that would allow them to develop nuclear weapons.
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Israeli Defense Ministry reacted angrily to Obama’s statement, relating the Iran deal to the Munich Agreement negotiated by Neville Chamberlain.
“The Israeli defense establishment believes that agreements have value only if they are based on the existing reality, but they have no value if the facts on the ground are the complete opposite of those the deal is based upon,” the Defense Ministry said in a statement.
The Munich Agreement didn’t prevent the Second World War and the Holocaust precisely because its basis, according to which Nazi Germany could be a partner for some sort of agreement, was flawed, and because the leaders of the world then ignored the explicit statements of [Adolf] Hitler and the rest of Nazi Germany’s leaders,” the ministry said.
“This is the same regarding the agreement with Iran, which itself explicitly and publicly announces that its goal is to destroy the state of Israel. A US State Department document published this year states that Iran is the chief state sponsor of terror worldwide,” the response said…