Israel Rips U.S. Deal with 'Messianic, Apocalyptic' Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

The emerging U.S.-led deal that would allow Iran to enrich uranium at a limited rate, with the restrictions easing over time, poses a “great danger” to the Western world and Israel from a “messianic, apocalyptic” nation, Israel’s defense minister declared Monday.
Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon made the comments as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, against the wishes of President Obama, prepares for a trip to Washington next week to explain in an address to both houses of Congress why he is against the negotiations.
As WND reported, the prime minister’s aides have claimed Israel was being left out of the information loop regarding the talks. Their claims were supported by a European official who told the New York Times that U.S. negotiator Wendy Sherman warned him not to share information with the Israelis because “the details could be twisted to undermine a deal.” Since then, Obama administration officials have acknowledged the limiting of information-sharing with Israel.
Currently, negotiators are discussing a compromise of allowing 6,500 centrifuges with strict controls in place for 10 years and a gradual lifting over five years, the Associated Press reported.
The easing could bring the number of centrifuges back up to the current 10,000, the news wire reported.
But Israel contends the impending deal leaves the door open for Iran to covertly gain nuclear-weapons capacity, because the final stages of uranium enrichment needed to create fuel for a weapon can be done in small spaces that can be easily hidden.
Yaalon said an agreement of this kind signed between “the West and this messianic, apocalyptic regime” will “allow Iran to turn into a nuclear threshold state and continue its terror actions.”
A former army chief of staff, Yaalon vowed “we will not compromise on the security of the citizens of Israel and will act in every way, and speak from any stage, about the coming dangers.”
Netanyahu on Friday said he was “astonished” that the Obama administration continues diplomatic talks with Tehran after the International Atomic Energy Agency acknowledged again in its latest report that Iran is likely building a nuclear bomb.
“It is astonishing that even after the recent report determined that Iran is continuing to hide the military components of its nuclear program, the nuclear talks are with it are proceeding,” Netanyahu said at his weekly cabinet meeting. “Not only are they continuing, there is an increased effort to reach a nuclear agreement in the coming days and weeks.”
Some Democratic members of Congress have said they will boycott Netanyahu’s March 3 speech, and the Obama administration has already said the president will not meet with him, insisting it would be inappropriate so close to Israel’s March 17 elections.
Meanwhile, in a column for his “progressive” Tikkun Magazine published by the Huffington Post, Rabbi Michael Lerner claimed American Jews are asking their non-Jewish neighbors to stand with them against Netanyahu and solicited funds for a full-page New York Times ad to “get our message to the decision makers.”
Lerner charged Netanyahu “wants to drag the US into a proxy war for Israel against Iran, and Jews are likely to get the blame when that war turns out be an even bigger disaster than the US war in Iraq.”
“We need our non-Jewish neighbors to help us get out the message that Netanyahu does not speak for us and his policies are actually the opposite of what most American Jews support,” Lerner wrote.
But Jeffrey Epstein, president of the non-profit America’s Truth Forum, rejected Lerner’s premise that he speaks for American Jews and charged in an open letter that the rabbi has “crossed the line by attempting to derail Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Congressionally-sanctioned opportunity to address the American People.”
In his letter, Epstein noted he was raised in a community of Jewish Holocaust survivors in the U.S. Northeast and leads an organization that aims to educate Americans regarding “the radical Islamic threat to world peace and national security.”
“The majority of informed Americans view Israel as the ‘canary in our coalmine’ and share his concerns over growing existential threats against the United States, Israel, thousands of Jews residing in the Diaspora and millions of innocent Christians in Muslim lands,” Epstein wrote.