World powers are surrendering to Iran, coalition politicians said Sunday after
P5+1 countries signed a deal with Tehran, with many referencing the 1938 Munich
Agreement meant to appease the Nazis.
Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon
called the agreement a “historic mistake” and a “surrender to the Iranian charm
and smiles offensive, and to Iranian fraud, which is aimed at gaining time,
without the Iranian nuclear program being substantially harmed.”
from Canada, where he is attending a conference of defense ministers, Ya’alon
said the agreement “allows Iran to enter the family of nations despite being the
most active and flourishing activator of terrorism in the world, which sends its
deadly and uncurbed arms across the globe, first and foremost against Western
states, as regime representatives sit at the table in Geneva.”
Iranian nuclear program threatens not only Israel and other Middle East
countries, but also world peace, Ya’alon warned.
“To leave capabilities
for continuing the nuclear program in the regime’s hands means the world today
is a less safe place,” he said.
“Instead of rolling the program back, the
regime in Tehran has gained time, which will allow it on the one hand to seek a
nuclear bomb, and on the other, breathing space due to the lightening of
Hours ago, before the deal was signed, the regime in Tehran
was facing heavy economic pressure that threatened its existence, and which
could have forced it to choose between survival and continuing the program, said
Ya’alon. But now, he added, the regime is being legitimized and its isolation
will soon be lifted, strengthening its economy.
According to Foreign
Minister Avigdor Liberman, “the whole political spectrum says this is a bad deal
and that it is not binding for us.”
“We are in a new reality that is
different from yesterday,” Liberman added, “and it requires us to reevaluate the
situation with good judgment, responsibly and determinedly.”
the possibility of military action, the foreign minister said “we will do what
we must and will not hesitate for one minute – and there is no need to add
Tourism Minister Uzi Landau said the “winds of Munich are
blowing from Geneva,” and that the government must act immediately to convince
the world that the deal signed is a bad one.
Economy and Trade Minister
Naftali Bennett agreed.
“We woke up this morning to a reality in which a
bad, very bad deal was signed in Geneva,” said Bennett. “The bad deal gives Iran
exactly what it wanted. It eases sanctions and preserves the most significant
parts of its nuclear plan.”
Bennett warned that “if a nuclear suitcase
explodes in New York or Madrid in five years, it will be because of the
agreement signed this morning.”
Israel will not be bound by an agreement
that endangers its existence, the Bayit Yehudi leader added.
and Housing Minister Uri Ariel said: “Today, Iran is celebrating what the whole
world will cry about in the future.”
Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein said
Israel can only rely on itself, and he’s sure that “the day in which the six
world powers that signed this shameful agreement will regret it is not
“Seventy years after the greatest crime in the history of mankind,
we have no choice but to hope that history will not repeat itself,” said
Edelstein, referring to the Holocaust.
Deputy Defense Minister Danny
Danon said “all options are still on the table and Israel has the right to
MK Ayelet Shaked (Bayit Yehudi) quipped: “As [former
British prime minister Neville] Chamberlain said: Everything would have been
alright if Hitler hadn’t lied to me.”
MK Moshe Feiglin (Likud Beytenu)
compared Israel to Czechoslovakia in the Munich Agreement, saying the government
watched from the sidelines as other countries dealt with existential threats,
and called for an end to Israeli cooperation with world powers on the
“The idea that we need to share the responsibility for taking
care of Iran with the whole world is disastrous,” Feiglin stated. “When [Former
Iranian president Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad started threatening to destroy us, the
world’s jaws dropped and expected an Israeli military reaction. It would have
been easier then.”
Shas backed the government’s position on Iran, with
party leader Arye Deri and MK Eli Yishai sending supportive messages saying the
diplomatic option was a failure and the world put narrow economic interests
before their responsibilities to Israel.
However, left-wing parties in
the opposition were more cautious in their take on the Iran deal.
agreement signed between world powers and Iran is a done deal and Israel has to
get used to the new reality,” new opposition leader Isaac Herzog (Labor)
remarked. “We have to learn the details of the accord and it could even have
Herzog called on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to
do whatever he can to repair Israel-US relations to bring a better result in six
months, when the interim deal expires.
MK Nachman Shai (Labor) accused
the coalition of fear-mongering.
“We have many partners in the effort to
stop Iran’s nuclear plans,” he said. “We must act in concert with
Meretz leader Zehava Gal- On spoke out in favor of the deal,
saying its critics “missed the point” and are trying to distract the public from
the fact that it removes the faster option for developing a bomb.
central sanctions that will not be removed from Iran and increased supervision
by the IAEA, including daily visits, show that this is an achievement not only
for the US, but for Israel, too,” she stated.