WASHINGTON, December 4, 2013 — President Obama and five other world leaders reached an agreement with Iran last week. In exchange for lifting sanctions, Iran agreed to curb its nuclear weapons program. However, some observers, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, remain concerned that the agreement llows Iran to continue pursue a nuclear weapon.
White House Officials said the President and the other foreign nations will strategically “use the agreement as a long lasting, peace agreement and as a comprehensive solution that will further resolve the global community’s concerns regarding Iran’s nuclear program.”
Critics, however, believe the agreement is a ruse, and that Iran simply can’t be trusted. Other international actors see the agreement as a signal that the United States has fully distanced itself from Israel.
In recent conversations between the President and the Israeli Prime Minister, Netanyahu immediately rebuked the international community’s nuclear deal, calling it a “historic mistake.” The government of Saudi Arabia has also condmned the deal. Netanyahu said that as a result of the agreement, now ‘the world has become a more dangerous place.’ Some believe Netanyahu is suggesting it will act unilaterally to defend itself by itself from Iranian threats. Israel has further stated that it will not allow Iran to develop a nuclear weapon, which means it may take action soon to disrupt Iran’s program.
The current agreement is a temporary pact. Over the coming months, the U.S. and Iran will develop a final agreement. That, according to the United States, whill ensure that Iran never devops a nuclear weapon.
Israel asked President Obama to place tougher measures on Iran if it failed to halt uranium enrichmant and dismantle the current program. Netanyahu made the request because he and other foreign policy experts believe Iran has the potential to be a serious threat to both Israel and even the United States.
The deal with Iran has cost the Obama administration international support. Saudi Arabia and Jordan both expressed grave concerns over the deal.
A stronger president than Obama would have the willpower to say no to Iran, and to decline a flawed deal. Like the Israelis, the Saudis believe that the President’s agreement is one in which Iran isn’t forced to put its nuclear program down, which further legitimizes their efforts to retaliate against not just Israel, but Syria, Jordan, Iraq and other prospective enemies.
Over the next few months, it will become crystal clear whether Iran honestly intends to honor the agreement to curb nuclear efforts or whether, as it has done in the past, it is playing games with the international community.
The quesiton, as always, is how President Obama will respond.
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