In a “bizarre” performance that conjured memories of former national security adviser Colin Powell’s infamous weapons of mass destruction speech in 2002, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday theatrically deployed props and powerpoint slides in an attempt to distort facts and convince his “audience of one”—U.S. President Donald Trump—that Iran is failing to comply with the nuclear accord.
“The U.S., Israel, and Saudi Arabia are setting the scene for war. They are filling in the justifications to fit a pre-ordained conclusion, just like before the invasion of Iraq.”
—Medea Benjamin, CodePink
“Iran lied, big time, after signing the nuclear deal in 2015,” Netanyahu claimed from a stage in Tel Aviv, Israel, dramatically unveiling shelves of disks and binders that he insisted contain conclusive proof that Iran is still pursuing nukes.
But while Netanyahu made much of the “incriminating blueprints, incriminating photos, incriminating videos, and more” he supposedly revealed for the first time on Monday, critics argued that the Israeli prime minister’s “evidence” largely consists of old information that has been repackaged for political purposes but does nothing to undermine the nuclear accord.
In fact, according to National Iranian American Council (NIAC) President Trita Parsi, the “concerns” Netanyahu raises about Iran’s previous nuclear program were the exact reasons “why the international community negotiated an agreement to limit” the country’s nuclear capacities in the first place.
“Netanyahu revealed nothing that indicates Iran is not upholding its obligations under the nuclear deal,” Parsi said in a statement following the Israeli prime minister’s speech. “Netanyahu’s desperation to kill the Iran deal and drag the United States into war with Iran was on full display today. Netanyahu played a key role in helping con the American people into the war with Iraq and is now pulling out all the stops to do the same with Iran.”