Earlier this year Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had promised to “kill himself” should the US-Iran nuclear deal go ahead, saying he would top himself should Congress accept the deal.
Now that the deal is going ahead, we wonder whether Netanyahu will stay true to his promise?
According to Haaretz newspaper, citing his spokespeople, Netanyahu made the threat in an attempt to leverage Israeli security, which he believes is threatened by Iran’s nuclear accord.
“Netanyahu’s spokespeople said he plans to ‘kill himself’ pursuing the last remaining option for scuttling the deal – preventing its ratification by the U.S. House of Representatives – by persuading Democratic congressmen to defect to the Republican camp and vote against their president,” Haaretz’s Yossi Verter reported earlier this week.
“The destruction and devastation he avoided inflicting on the nuclear facilities scattered throughout Iran, he now wants to wreck on what’s left of U.S.-Israel relations,” Verter added.
Netanyahu has long opposed any deal with Iran, and Israel has signaled it could take military action if need be to stop the Islamic republic from obtaining a nuclear weapons capability.
Following the accord last week, the premier referred to it as a “historic mistake for the world.”
“In every area where it was supposed to prevent Iran attaining nuclear arms capability, there were huge compromises,” his office quoted him as saying at the start of a meeting with Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders.
He has taken his campaign to the U.S. Congress and the U.N. General Assembly but ultimately failed to block the deal.
“You can’t prevent an agreement when those negotiating it are prepared to make more and more concessions to those shouting ‘Death to the United States’ even as the talks are in progress,” Netanyahu said on Tuesday.
“Iran will get hundreds of billions of dollars with which it will be able to fuel its terror machine,” he said, referring to the expected lifting of crippling Western sanctions on its oil and banking sectors.