Report: Israel Looks to Discredit Obama Over Iran Deal

Sunday, December 01, 2013 |  Israel Today Staff

London's Sunday Times reported that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is looking to discredit US President Barack Obama over the nuclear deal recently signed between Western powers and Iran.

According to the report, Netanyahu has ordered the Mossad and other Israeli intelligence bodies to find evidence that Iran is or soon will be in violation of the agreement hammered out in Geneva last week.

Israel, as well as many neighboring Arab states, were furious with Obama for pushing through the Geneva deal, even though it leaves Iran with all the material and facilities needed to resume its pursuit of nuclear weapons in the future.

"Everyone has his own view regarding the Geneva agreement," an Israeli intelligence source told the newspaper. "But it is clear that if a smoking gun is produced, it will tumble like a house of cards."

Netanyahu reportedly believes that if strong evidence of the Iranian regime's unreliable nature can be produced, Obama will find it next to impossible to sell the nuclear deal to Congress.

Meanwhile, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani made clear in a weekend interview with the Financial Times that his government has no intention of dismantling certain problematic nuclear facilities at any stage of its arrangement with the West.

"One hundred percent [no]," responded Rouhani when asked if Iran would consider closing the underground Fordow enrichment facility and the Arak heavy water reactor as part of later stages of the deal.

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