Netanyahu Bombs Syria, Delivers PowerPoint Claiming Iran Has Secret Nuclear Weapons Program

Chris Menahan
InformationLiberation
Apr. 30, 2018

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a made-for-US-TV PowerPoint presentation in English on Monday where he appealed directly to President Donald Trump to cancel the Iran nuclear deal and claimed to have evidence showing Iran continued its nuclear weapons program in secret.

The move comes just one day after Israel is believed to have launched a deadly strike on ammunition depots in Syria supposedly linked to Iran.

From RT:
Iran lied about its nuclear program, making the 2015 deal invalid, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a televised address from Tel Aviv, using big-screen presentation slides and video.

Netanyahu showed the public a massive bookcase filled with folders, claiming this represents the number of documents that Israel has on Iran's program. He went on through his presentation on human-sized long screens, showing slides and pictures of what he claimed was evidence of Tehran violating the agreement with global powers.
Though Iran claimed it never had a nuclear weapons program, “100,000 secret files prove it did,” Netanyahu said. After the 2015 nuclear deal, Iran “continued to preserve and expand its nuclear weapons knowledge” for future use.

"After signing the nuclear deal in 2015, Iran intensified its efforts to hide its secret files," he said. "In 2017 Iran moved its nuclear weapons files to a highly secret location in Tehran."

According to the PM, Tehran had preserved and expanded its military nuclear know-how in a secret atomic archive after the 2015 deal was signed. He said that “half a ton” of documents from the archives were obtained by Israel in “a great intelligence achievement.” Netanyahu claimed that the files contain incriminating evidence that Iran has been working to develop a nuclear bomb as part of a program called “Project Amad.”



Netanyahu has spoken to Russian President Vladimir Putin about the intelligence discoveries, and intends to send experts to France and Germany in the coming days to share the findings, the PM’s office said in a statement.

Israel has long opposed the 2015 agreement, which saw international sanctions on its main geopolitical rival lifted in exchange for Iran curbing it controversial nuclear program.

Iranian media have dismissed Netanyahu’s presentation, with the news agency Fars calling it “a propaganda show” and the state news agency IRNA describing the Israeli PM as “famous for ridiculous displays.”

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif called Netanyahu’s presentation a “coordinated timing of alleged intelligence revelations by the boy who cries wolf” just before May 12, when US President Donald Trump is expected to pull out of the nuclear deal. Zarif said Netanyahu was undeterred by the “cartoon fiasco” at the UN General Assembly, referring to the 2012 presentation that used a cartoon bomb graphic.




After his meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday, Netanyahu said that “the attempt of Iran to acquire nuclear weapons” remains “the greatest threat” to Israel, the US, and the whole world.


Trump has slammed the Iran nuclear deal as “the worst deal ever” and threatened to pull the US out of the agreement. Trump’s threat will be carried out if he doesn’t renew a waiver on sanctions against Iran until May 12.

The leaders of the UK, France, and Germany vowed to defend the Iran nuclear deal in a joint statement on Sunday, calling it “the best way” to keep Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.
Netanyahu appealed directly to President Trump at the end of his presentation, saying: "I'm sure he'll do the right thing. The right thing for the US. The right thing for Israel. And the right thing for the peace of the world."

After speaking for 17 minutes in English to appeal to Americans, Netanyahu only spoke for less than two minutes at the end of his presentation to his own people in Hebrew.

Incidentally, Israel has had its own secret nuclear weapons program since the 1960's. Unlike Iran, they've used it to develop some 200 nuclear bombs which they refuse to acknowledge exist as they're in violation of US non-proliferation law.



Netanyahu has a long history of crying wolf about Iran's nuclear weapons.










Every indicator suggests this is about dragging the US into a war with Iran for Israel's security.

Trump, so far, appears to be going along with it.

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