Israel has come under a lot of flak for its very public criticism of the American-led nuclear deal with Iran. But two leading American political figures say Israel was right to loudly voice its concerns, and in so doing even aided Washington’s diplomatic efforts.
Israel’s Ma’ariv newspaper reported that over the weekend former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told a closed-door meeting in Washington that Israel’s criticism of the Iran nuclear deal had been good for America.
Clinton reportedly explained that Iran, as well as Russia and China, have been forced to take very seriously the Israeli threat of a preemptive military strike, and have therefore taken more conciliatory diplomatic positions than they would have otherwise.
She also suggested that now that the deal’s signed, Israel’s open criticism is keeping Iran honest.
Similar sentiments were voiced by famed Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz in remarks to Israel’s Channel 2 News earlier this month.
“There are people in the White House who have told me that [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu was right to stress Israel’s security concerns. That Israel needs to keep up the public pressure,” said Dershowitz.
Meanwhile, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi told state-run media in Iran over the weekend that negotiations over the actual implementation of the Iran nuclear deal are not going well.
“The talks…are making progress but slowly,” said Araqchi. “We entered the talks with pessimism.”
The current talks are meant to work out the details of how to actually implement the more vague agreement that was reached in Geneva last month. In other words, America and the West penned a deal with Iran without actually know how or if it would ever be implemented.