As the P5+1 push ahead to make a deal with the Iranian government over its nuclear program, the Israeli prime minister has published his latest cartoon to try and stop the deal. This cartoon equates ISIS, the Islamic state, with the “Islamic State of Iran” and suggests that the west is going to allow ISIS to get nukes.
Imagine Islamic State building atomic bombs. Well, maybe it’s not that hard to imagine.
The Islamic State of Iran – like ISIS. Just much bigger.
The cartoon ends with an ISIS fighter who has morphed into an Iranian ayatollah hugging nuclear warheads that are labeled with the US, Israel, Christianity and gay rights.
Iran’s real name is the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Netanyahu’s remarks earlier today were on message:
The world is properly concerned and aghast at the violence and savagery of ISIS. No one would dream of allowing the Islamic State of ISIS to have nuclear weapons. Why would anyone consider giving the Islamic State of Iran, which is a lot more powerful than ISIS and acts with much greater power than ISIS to have additional power of nuclear weapons? That’s a mistake. The Islamic State of Iran, the foremost sponsor of international terrorism, should not have access to nuclear weapons.
We need a better deal. This deal should not pass
The State Department seems to be ignoring Israel. From a briefing by a top official in Vienna yesterday— Israel was not mentioned during the diplomatic press conference:
It is certainly possible to get a deal here. We do see a path forward to get a comprehensive agreement that meets our bottom lines, and this path forward has to be based on the Lausanne parameters, period. And just in case you missed that, I’m going to turn to my trusty Farsi speaker and he’ll give it to you in Farsi…
But there are real and tough issues that remain which have to be resolved in order to get the comprehensive agreement, and we still do not know yet whether we will be able to get there. We do not know. We want to. We hope to. But we do not know.