An internationally isolated Benjamin Netanyahu termed the world powers’ agreement with Iran a “historic mistake” that advanced Tehran towards nuclear weapons capability.
“What was agreed in Geneva is not a historic agreement but a historic mistake,” the Israeli Prime Minister told his cabinet hours after the accord was reached. “Today the world became a much more dangerous place because the most dangerous regime in the world has made a significant step to attaining the most dangerous weaponry in the world.”
While the agreement limits Iran to enriching uranium by a maximum of 5 per cent, it casts aside Israel’s demand that enrichment be eliminated entirely, something seen in the West as unrealistic.
Israel, believed to be the only nuclear power in the region, says allowing any enrichment is dangerous since Iranian centrifuges could quickly convert even low-grade uranium to weapons grade.
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Israeli officials say the agreement hands a massive victory to Iran. The Economics Minister, Naftali Bennett, said: “If a nuclear suitcase blows up five years from now in New York or Madrid it will be because of the deal signed this morning.”
Mr Netanyahu also took issue with the limited easing of sanctions, saying these had taken years to put into place.