How They See It, April 12, 2015

The US nuclear accord with Iran

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 12 April, 2015, 7:29am
UPDATED : Sunday, 12 April, 2015, 8:49am

1. New York Post

The more President Obama promotes his Iran nuclear deal, the worse it looks. The starkest contrast is on when sanctions would end. Iran says it's Day One; Obama claims Tehran will have to prove it's behaving first. That alone all but guarantees that the "final" talks won't conclude by the end of June, as Obama insists. Iran already is messing with Israel - most obviously via its pawns Hamas and Hezbollah - and Obama's America isn't there. So far, most members of Congress are lying back in the wake of Obama's PR offensive on the deal. Seems to us he's giving them all the ammunition they need to do whatever's necessary to put an immediate end to the president's Iran-deal fantasies. ​New York


2. The Washington Post

By loudly insisting there is no alternative to the terms he has agreed to, Mr Obama helps ensure that the option of maintaining sanctions while insisting that Iran agree to dismantle more of its nuclear infrastructure - as Israel and some in Congress advocate - is no longer a practical alternative. At the same time, the White House stance risks weakening its negotiating position in the crucial bargaining with Iran. Mr Obama conceded that some vital "details" have not yet been worked out, including how the lifting of sanctions on Iran would be tied to its implementation of steps such as reducing its stockpile of enriched uranium and its base of installed centrifuges. Washington


3. The Jerusalem Post

Because the framework deal is a capitulation to so many of Iran's demands and reflects a reneging of Obama's promises, more heated and very public clashes between Jerusalem and Washington are in the offing. Inevitably, the very vocal clashes over the Iran negotiations will have negative ramifications regarding other aspects of US-Israel relations. And deterioration in relations between the Obama administration and the Netanyahu government will spill over to other arenas. We are entering into a rocky period for US-Israeli relations. There are times in history when even the closest of allies have serious, substantive disagreements. This is one of those times. Israel