Israeli Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed Congress yesterday and gave a fiery speech about Iran’s nuclear weapons program that caused a stir on Capitol Hill after being invited by Republicans in a break from protocol while thousands of miles away in Switzerland foreign ministers from the U.S. and Iran began a 3rd day of talks over Iran’s controversial nuclear program.
In his third speech before Congress, Netanyahu confronted the Obama’s administration foreign policy of engagement with Tehran over its nuclear weapons program.
After reminding Congress that the alliance between Israel and the United States has always remained above politics, Netanyahu thanked President Obama for supporting Israel and then quickly drew parallels between the Iranian regime and the Nazi regime.
Netanyahu claimed that “Iran’s regime is not merely a Jewish problem, any more than the Nazi regime was a Jewish problem” and pointed out that “The 6 million Jews murdered by the Nazis were but a fraction of the 60 million killed in World War II.”
Netanyahu said that the Iranian regime poses a global threat to the security of the world.
“So, too, Iran’s regime poses a grave threat, not only to Israel, but also the peace of the entire world” Netanyahu explained.
If the Nazi metaphor wasn’t strong enough, Netanyahu associated the Iranian regime with global jihad ever since religious zealots took over Iran in 1979 and forged a new constitution based on religious tenets.
“That year, the religious zealots drafted a constitution, a new one for Iran. It directed the Revolutionary Guards not only to protect Iran’s borders, but also to fulfill the ideological mission of jihad” Netanyahu said.
Stating that Iran’s current regime is “radical as ever” and “Iran and ISIS are competing for the crown of militant Islam,” Netanyahu concluded that the greatest danger facing the world is the marriage of militant Islam with nuclear weapons.
“The difference is that ISIS is armed with butcher knives, captured weapons, and YouTube whereas Iran could soon be armed with intercontinental ballistic missiles and nuclear bombs” he said.
Netanyahu rejected the widely held notion that Iranian President Rouhani and Foreign Minister Zarif brought change and moderation to Iran two years ago.
“Rouhani’s government hangs gays, persecutes Christians, jails journalists and executes even more prisoners than before” Netanyahu said.
Iran and other foreign nations are attempting to create new framework for a nuclear agreement to be achieved by the end of March followed by a more comprehensive deal signed in June, despite the objections of Israel and some Gulf states.
The goal of the negotiations is to persuade the Iranian regime to restrain its nuclear program in exchange for sanction relief that have hurt Iran’s oil export economy.
Netanyahu said that any agreement that falls short of dismantling Iran’s nuclear program would be ineffective and any deal with Iran will include two major concessions.
“The first major concession would leave Iran with a vast nuclear infrastructure, providing it with a short break out time to the bomb. Break out time is the time it takes to amass weapons grade uranium or plutonium for a nuclear bomb” Netanyahu said.
The second concession, according to Netanyahu, is that Iran could get to the bomb by keeping the deal “because virtually all the restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program will automatically expire in about a decade” he said.
President Obama said there was nothing new in Netanyahu’s speech yesterday to Congress and reportedly read the text of his speech.
“We don’t have a deal. But if we are successful, then in fact this will be the best deal possible with to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapon” Obama said.