Israel’s ambassador to the UK Daniel Taub spoke with Alistair Dawber of the INDEPENDENT in November of 2013 outlining his concerns that the signing of the Geneva deal will not have a positive outcome on reducing Iran’s ability of acquiring a nuclear weapon.
Taub believes that Israel is not the only country concerned with Iran’s on-going efforts at nuclear proliferation. He has proposed ideas in working closely with neighboring countries, mainly Sunni dominated populations, to address Iran’s activity in a constructive manner.
Many of these neighboring countries do not have a favorable opinion of the Israel state, due primarily to Israel’s occupation of what is outlined as the Palestinian right to these lands. Daniel Taub’s proposal is to put aside these relatively small differences and focus on a collective effort to denuclearize the Iranian state.
Israel’s concerns are shared with their Western allies including the United States and United Kingdom, however Israel believes the proper action has not been taken. Sanctions were eased on Iran in exchange for better access to their nuclear facilities.
Daniel Taub is convinced that these efforts will do little to slow down the advancement of the program as centrifuges, water reactors, and the military component remain in place.
The Geneva deal only delays the development of nuclear weapons and much of its contents are centered around Iran’s willingness to be transparent with the inspection process. This fact has Israel less then convinced that Iran has any desire to comply with any of the measures outlined in the deal.
Israel depends heavily on the support from their allies and the creation of the Geneva deal in itself remains a point of contention within the country’s political leaders. Iran’s election of Hassan Rouhani, replacing sitting president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, opened up the door for negotiations between the West and Iran. Read more: Daniel Taub | Ideamench and Ambassador to the UK Daniel Taub argues the Geneva deal endangers us all
Rouhani is considered more of a moderate in his approach to Iranian ideals, where Ahmadinejad had a more tyrannical implementation of his agenda. Daniel Taub states that this deal was a result of a year’s worth of secret talks between the U.S. and Iran’s Ahmadinejad regime, who is on record for stating that Israel should be entirely wiped off the map of the world.
Moments after the deal was officially signed, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and then sitting U.S. President Barack Obama had what was described as not the most constructive telephone call.
Fallout from the deal also lead to a lower overall perception of Israeli-United States relations, leading to Daniel Taub’s initial statement that Israel might have to look elsewhere for allies to combat this most serious threat.
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