In teleconference, Netanyahu encourages Americans to maintain Iranian sanctions, reject Obama's treaty, pursue safer terms

Netanyahu Urges American Jews to Reject Iranian Nuclear Deal
Israeli Prime Minister said his opposition isn’t partisan and urged Americans to “judge the deal on its substance”   by Felicia Schwartz in the Wall Street Journal Aug 4 2:37 PT

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday urged American Jews to oppose the nuclear deal with Iran, stepping up his campaign to scuttle the agreement ahead of a September congressional deadline to approve or disapprove the accord.

In a webcast speech, he condemned the agreement and called it fatally flawed. He accused the White House and other supporters of spreading incorrect information about the deal and Israel’s position on it.

"This is a very dangerous deal, and it threatens all of us,” Mr. Netanyahu said. “The more people know about the deal, the more the deal’s supporters try to stifle serious debate. They do so with false claims and efforts to delegitimize criticism.”

Watch Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's full anti-Iran deal speech Netanyahu addressing the North American Jewish community, as part of his attempt to thwart the Iran Nuclear Agreement.

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In a webcast speech, Netanyahu condemned the agreement and called it fatally flawed. He accused the White House and other supporters of spreading incorrect information about the deal and Israel’s position on it. In the speech organized by the Jewish Federations of North America, he said his disagreement with President Barack Obama over the deal isn’t personal and fiercely dismissed the Obama administration’s argument that blocking the deal will lead to war.

“The claim that we oppose this deal because we want war is not just false, it’s outrageous,” he said. More than 10,000 people viewed Mr. Netanyahu’s remarks, which came ahead of a meeting Tuesday between Mr. Obama and Jewish leaders.
The speech was the latest of Mr. Netanyahu’s calls to Americans to oppose an accord that will curb Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief. He said his opposition to the agreement isn’t partisan and urged Americans to “judge the deal on its substance.”

The Obama administration and other supporters have urged lawmakers to keep politics out of assessments of the accord.

“Lawmakers as well as the American people should judge this deal on its merits,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Tuesday.

The Obama administration on Tuesday posted an annotated version of the 159-page agreement on the blogging platform Medium.

“The American people can read the deal for themselves, which we hope they will take the time to do,” Mr. Toner said. The version posted Tuesday includes comments from Secretary of State John Kerry, Energy Secretary Ernest Monizand Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew.

“I learned in war the price that is paid when diplomacy fails,” the annotated version quotes Mr. Kerry as saying.

Mr. Netanyahu said the deal will allow Iran to build a nuclear weapon whether or not it violates the terms of the agreement and will provide Iran with a “massive infusion” of cash it will use to fund its nefarious behavior in the region.

“Either way the deal gives Iran a clear path to the bomb, a difficult path to one or two bombs today and a much easier path to hundreds of bombs tomorrow,” Mr. Netanyahu said.

Mr. Netanyahu also brushed aside the public support Gulf Arab states offeredfor the deal Monday. The White House embraced their support as a win for Mr. Obama.

“Everybody in the Middle East knows what I’ve just said,” Mr. Netanyahu said. “The countries in the region threatened by Iran have already made clear that they will work to develop atomic bombs of their own.”

He added: “So the deal that was supposed to end nuclear proliferation will actually trigger nuclear proliferation. It will trigger an arms race, a nuclear arms race in the Middle East, the most volatile part of the planet.”


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