Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu expressed hope Thursday that the US Congress will block the nuclear agreement with Iran.
"If this agreement fails to pass in Congress, this will prevent the greatest danger, of Iran becoming a nuclear threshold state in 10 years, with permission and authority,” he told diplomatic reporters in a briefing.
"The more one studies the agreement, the greater the opposition to it grows,” he said. “The greatest limitation on manufacturing nuclear bombs is enrichment of uranium. This path has been completely broken open. Iran can produce an unlimited number of centrifuges, enrich an unlimited amount of uranium, and create fissile material on the verge of turning it into nuclear material.”
While the time span of the deal may seem long, he said, it is in fact short. “One can say that 10 or 15 years is a long time. Fifteen years ago we saw the millennium celebrations. We are talking about the blink of an eye, in which Iran reaches the status of a nuclear threshold state, with fissile material for dozens and hundreds of bombs.”
Iran can also break the deal easily, because “the inspection regime is completely full of holes.”
Netanyahu said that the vote on the deal in Congress should transcend party politics. “This is not a partisan issue – not here in Israel, either – and whoever tries to make it a partisan issue, is trying to evade the subject itself.”