Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scolding negotiators in the U.S. and around the world for agreeing to what he is calling a terrible deal that has only empowered Iran.
“Judging by the initial reports that have emerged, one can now reach the conclusion that this agreement is a historic mistake for the entire world,” Netanyahu said at the start of a meeting with the Dutch foreign minister on Tuesday, shortly after negotiators announced the deal from Vienna.
“Whenever there is a readiness to make a deal at any cost, this is the result.”
“In every area that was supposed to prevent Iran from gaining the capacity to arm itself with nuclear weapons, far-reaching concessions were made,” he added. “In addition, Iran will receive hundreds of billions of dollars which it can use as a means to fuel its terror machine, its aggression and its expansionism in the Middle East and around the world.”
Netanyahu seemed to aim his ire at Washington, where President Obama is already hailing the historic deal as a triumph for global peace.
“It is impossible to prevent an agreement where those negotiating it are willing to make more and more concessions to those who during the talks are chanting, ‘Death to America,’” Netanyahu said. “We knew very well that the desire to sign an agreement was stronger than anything else, so we did not promise to prevent an agreement.”
Netanyahu’s stern opposition to the nuclear agreement with Iran has long been a barrier to the White House’s plans, and it will surely be used as ammunition by its critics in Congress.
Israeli officials of all parties have been critical of the negotiations, which they claim are short-sighted and will empower a nation that they see as an existential threat.
Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett said that Tuesday will “go down as one of the darkest days in world history,” according to The Washington Post.
“Today a terrorist nuclear superpower is born.”