Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that “sometimes the entire world can be wrong" following the White House's assertion that 99 percent of the globe supports the comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran.
"We are told that the whole world supports this bad deal. Well, that's just not true. Israel and many Arab states oppose this deal,” Netanyahu said. “And in any case sometimes the entire world can be wrong.”
“It was dead wrong on another nuclear deal – the one with North Korea,” the Israeli leader said, referring to the 1994 Agreed Framework spearheaded by then President Bill Clinton. Twelve years later, Pyongyang tested its first nuclear weapon.
“We were told then by the international community, the scientific community, the arms control community that that deal would prevent North Korea from getting nuclear weapons and it would make the world safer. Well, we all know how that turned out,” the prime minister said.
Again calling the agreement a “historic mistake,” Netanyahu said, “We're repeatedly told that no deal is better than a bad deal. Well, this is a bad deal.”
Yet today we are told that the whole world supports this bad deal. Well, that's just not true. Israel and many Arab states oppose this deal.— PM of Israel (@IsraeliPM) July 21, 2015
PM Netanyahu: And in any case, sometimes the entire world can be wrong. It was dead wrong on another nuclear deal: the one with North Korea— PM of Israel (@IsraeliPM) July 21, 2015
Netanyahu made the comments at his Jerusalem office while meeting with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, following an earlier meeting with U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, who traveled to Israel in the wake of the agreement.
Netanyahu said he told Carter that “the deal with Iran poses grave threats to Israel and the Middle East, to Europe and the world.”
The Israeli leader said he believes the agreement will put Iran at the threshold of becoming a nuclear power within a decade “because at that time, the deal permits Iran to build as many centrifuges as it wants and to enrich as much uranium as it wants, which means that Iran could break out in a decade or so to dozens of nuclear bombs in zero time.”
He also sounded alarm at the additional funds to which Iran will now have access that it can use to fund international terrorism.
“Starting from this year, as the deal passes, the deal will give Iran hundreds of billions of dollars to bankroll its aggression in the region and its terrorism around the world,” Netanyahu said. “That's more money for the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, more money for the Quds Force, for Hezbollah, for Hamas and Islamic Jihad, for the Libyan proxy terrorists of Iran, more money for the Shiite militias in Iraq, for the Houthis in Yemen.”
White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Friday that 99 percent of the world supported the Iran nuclear agreement.
Challenged on that figure by ABC White House correspondent Jonathan Karl, Earnest said, “Well, I guess if you look at the population of the countries that are represented in this particular agreement, the vast majority -- 99 percent of the world -- is on the side of the United States and our international partners in implementing this agreement.”
Netanyahu said earlier this month before the deal was announced that the agreement as it was being discussed between Iran, the U.S. and five world powers was “worse” than the North Korea agreement.