Netanyahu's Goal Wasn't to Add Something "New" to Iran Nuke Debate

Tuesday, May 01, 2018 |  Ryan Jones

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is taking some flak over his dramatic presentation of classified documents smuggled out of Iran.

US President Donald Trump is being hit even harder for suggesting the Israeli leader had dispensed new and compelling evidence regarding Iran's compliance (or, lack thereof) with the nuclear agreement.

But, the fact of the matter is that Netanyahu's goal likely wasn't providing new information.

Sure, there is great value in possessing these documents, which effectively constitute self-incrimination by Iran. At the same time, the complaints by some Israeli, American and European leaders that Netanyahu hadn't told them anything they didn't already know are also correct.

And that's the point.

Netanyahu's presentation forced those clinging hopelessly to the Iran nuclear deal to openly acknowledge that they've known Iran was lying all along, and decided to do little, if anything, about it.

Voices like EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini insist that, despite the veracity of what Netanyahu said, the Obama-brokered nuclear deal remains the best way to keep Iran from attaining nuclear weapons, at least in the short term.

What these leaders refuse to acknowledge is that this type of containment has been tried before, often ending in devastating failure.

The international community's brightest minds at that time similarly believed they could contain Adolf Hitler and his Nazis by means of flawed agreements. It didn't work then (to say the least), and there's no reason to believe it will work now with Iran.

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