Israelis view Iran nuclear deal as threat

Poll shows Israelis view Iran deal as threat which may jeopardise their security

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Updated Jul 28, 2015

The Israeli newspaper Jerusalem Post has reported that almost half of all Israelis do not support the Iranian nuclear negotiations with world powers, according to an Israeli Geocartography Institute poll. The results of the poll also confirm the perception of a general lack of trust among the Israeli public in US President Barack Obama.

Nearly 48.5 percent of the poll’s respondents agreed that the proposed deal was a threat to Israel’s existence, while 22 percent did not perceive the nuclear deal as a potential threat to Israel's security, according to the poll taken last month. The rest of the respondents said they were unsure.

In addition, 44.5 percent of the respondents voted that they did not trust Obama to maintain Israel’s security, while  21.9 percent showed some trust and the remainder expressed “uncertainty.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the agreement being discussed is “fundamentally flawed” and will give the Iranian government a path to develop an arsenal of nuclear weapons within a decade.

Israel was recently implicated in spying on Iran’s negotiations with the five UN permanent security members and Germany by a Russian-based security firm.

However, Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely denied the allegations.

The Iranian deal is still in the negotiating phase during which the parties are racing to reach a June 30 deadline to finalise an agreement. However Iranian president Hassan Rouhani has stressed that Iran is not willing to share state secrets with foreigners, and that if new conflicts arise from the actions of other countries then the deadline for an agreement will have to be extended.

Iran’s supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has listed a few of the new demands, including no limitation on Iran’s nuclear program for the next decade, a call for sanction relief not to be linked to Iran’s fulfillment of its obligations, and calling for no supervision of Iran’s military sites.

The conditions of the proposed Iran nuclear deal conditions stipulate that Iran’s nuclear infrastructure will remain intact, retain its underground nuclear facility at Fordow, be able to engage in further research and development on advanced centrifuges, and that all restrictions on Iran will end over the next 10 to 15 years.

Netanyahu addressed the lifting of economic sanctions by saying, “sanctions relief will provide Iran billions of dollars with which it can continue to sow instability and support terrorism throughout the region and the world.”

Former US ambassador to the UN, Mark Wallace, said that the American people should be fully aware of the latest updates regarding the ongoing negotiations.

TRTWorld and agencies