Experts Challenge Israeli Government’s Position On Final Iran Nuke Deal
July 3, 2014
by Ben Armbruster
A handful of non-proliferation experts are taking issue with the Israeli position on a final agreement with Iran over its nuclear program, specifically, Israeli demands that the deal model the plan that ridded Syria of its chemical weapons (CW) stockpile and that intrusive inspections won’t prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapon.
Top Israeli officials, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, have argued that the entirety of Iran’s nuclear program — including the civilian energy component — must be dismantled, a position that many, including President Obama, have said is unrealistic. Ron Dermer, Israel’s Ambassador to the United States and former top aide to Netanyahu, this week referred to the Syria chemical weapons deal should serve as a blueprint.
“We hope that the model of Syria will be the model that you’ll see with Iran,” he told Charlie Rose on his PBS program on Tuesday. “You’re removing all of the enriched uranium, you’re removing all of the centrifuges, you’re removing all of the capabilities that Iran has to build weapons in the future.”
Dermer, who sources have said is making the rounds on Capitol Hill to make the Israeli case on Iran, added that “inspectors will not do the job. The only thing that will do the job is to remove this nuclear weapons capability from Iran.”
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