"What was reached in Geneva is not a historic agreement, it is a historic mistake," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his Cabinet following the outcome of the nuclear deal reached in Geneva last weekend.
In what has been lauded as a historic deal established to halter Iran's nuclear capabilities, the outcome of the Geneva weapons conference last weekend has far more dangerous repercussions. As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decried shortly after the six-month deal was reached, the agreement can be a grave mistake.
On the surface it can appear as if the deal struck is a balanced and positive one. Iran has consented to limit its nuclear program and also to cooperate with international weapons inspectors by giving them access to the country's many nuclear and chemical sites. Iran has also agreed to halt the production of medium-enriched uranium, which represents a vast majority of what is required to successfully produce weapons-grade material. And as far as the existing stockpile of enriched uranium that has already been produced, Iran will allegedly dilute or otherwise alter the existing chemical weapons so that, in their altered state, they are less likely to fuel a weapon of mass destruction.
For all of the buildup to this nuclear disarmament race, spanning from Iran to China to North Korea, it seems as if America and other world powers simply want to prevent the nuclear capabilities of volatile and dangerous nations.
In exchange for the promise of a scaled down nuclear program, the West will ease sanctions that have struck the nation's economy and crippled its citizens, giving the country a much needed $7 billion in relief on economic sanctions. These economic sanctions were enacted in order to influence Iran to cease its production of nuclear materials in the first place. And if not suspend, the sanctions were aimed to pressure Iran to allow weapons inspectors access to the country's nuclear programs in the very least. Programs that Iran claims are merely for peaceful aims. These sanctions were intended as leverage to pressure Iran to suspend the production of nuclear material until these international inspectors could ascertain the program's capabilities and potential threat level.
What this compromise breeds is an environment where the United States and Western powers have the appearance of retreating from their role of safeguarding the entire Middle Eastern region, security-wise. This departure, or image of back pedaling, opens the door for other terrorist groups to rise from the dust of an American retreat. The deal will dramatically alter the makeup of the entire region, and the deal will create a transition that opens the door for other groups to step in as the West appears to be walking out.
In a way similar to our wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan, the deal also leaves a largely lawless region to govern itself in the wake of the pretense of a Western departure, or an easing of its presence, from the region. Other nations are already threatening to bolster their nuclear capabilities in response to the deal, such as Saudi Arabia. So now the deal offers us a lack of Western weapons inspectors, neighboring Sunni nations preparing to defend themselves against Iran, as well as other nations declaring their own upcoming nuclear weapons development. This is what has sprung up from Iran's neighbor's following the announcement of the deal.
And, as far as Bibi is concerned, when the West softens on Iran and appears to pull up stakes, the nation most vulnerable is Israel. Even Iran's spiritual leader has stated his desire to have Israel wiped off the map. So as sanctions loosen and Iran can manufacture "some" weapons, we just have to hope the country doesn't outsource terroristic acts to the more extremist factions of Islam. Just because the Iranian government has said it will "alter" the weapons and not use them in a nuclear attack does not mean the government cannot arrange for the weapons to be used regardless, just by another government or group who Iran sees fit to arm with the enriched uranium to make weapons that it has already stockpiled prior to the Geneva deal.