As reactions for and against the deal signed with Iran Tuesday morning continue to pour in, Israeli Education Minister and Jewish Home party head Naftali Bennett took Israel's case against the deal to the international media.
In an interview with a notably hostile, even antagonistic BBC anchor, Bennett outlined perhaps the most glaring hole in the deal: the fact that Iran will receive nearly a month's notice prior to any inspections of nuclear sites – ample time to hide evidence of illegal, bomb-making activity.
"Here's the thing – in order to go and make an inspection, you have to notify the Iranians 24 days in advance. That's a farce!" he said. "Of course within the 24 days they're going to clean up the facility, get away with the inspections and continue with what they do."
"Imagine a local police station raiding a drug baron and telling him a month in advance that we're going to raid you," Bennett challenged.
"You cannot have verifiable inspections if you have to notify them in advance, and then they can object, and then there's a commitee – this is not serious!"
Bennett further noted that initially, world powers had made "surprise inspections" a deal-breaker, before quietly abandoning an apparently crucial demand.
"It was supposed to be surprise inspections – but there's no surprise here any more!"
Deflecting attempts by his sneering interviewer to goad him – including an attempt to draw him on Israel's own alleged nuclear weapons program – Bennett added that the deal was essentially a repeat performance of the failed diplomatic efforts to prevent North Korea from obtaining nuclear weapons.
"I'll remind you that the West signed a deal with North Korea, said it would make the world a safer place, and of course all the words evaporated and North Korea acquired nuclear weapons. This is a rerun of North Korea."