On Monday night, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu unleashed on the world one of the most stunning national security presentations seen in years. Armed with a treasure trove of documents Israeli forces liberated from a warehouse on Tehran, Netanyahu let his countrymen (and, more importantly perhaps, President Donald Trump) know that Iran was not to be trusted in any way, shape, or form.
“A few weeks ago in a great intelligence achievement, Israel obtained half a ton of the material inside these vaults,” Netanyahu said. “And here’s what we got: 55,000 pages, another 55,000 files on 183 CDs. Everything you’re about to see is an exact copy of the original Iranian material.
“Here’s what the files included,” he continued. “Incriminating documents, incriminating charts, incriminating presentations, incriminating blueprints, incriminating photos, incriminating videos, and more. We’ve known for years that Iran had a secret nuclear weapons program called Project Amad. We can now prove that Project Amad was a comprehensive program to design, build, and test nuclear weapons.”
Netanyahu’s presentation proved that Iran lied about moving towards the construction of a nuclear arsenal in 2003, a fact that most of the world had already suspected to be the case. Despite the relative “of course they were lying” reaction from experts, however, the presentation was significant because Iran certified as part of the nuclear agreement that they had never had any such plans.
Thus, Netanyahu’s point: If they lied then to get their hands on the deal, there’s no way to trust them now when they say they have no interest in building a bomb. As such, any deal that includes a sunset clause has to be scrapped in favor of something much, much more stringent.
The presentation, of course, comes only days before President Trump has to decide whether or not to certify the Iran deal on May 12. If he does not, U.S. sanctions against Iran will snap back into place and the agreement itself will almost certainly go up in smoke. Our European allies are urging Trump to remain in the deal; even if it’s imperfect, they say, it’s better than the alternative. However, Trump is known to be critical of the deal and his new national security adviser, John Bolton, is extremely hawkish when it comes to scrapping the agreement and getting tougher with the Islamic regime.
“The Iran deal, the nuclear deal, is based on lies,” Netanyahu concluded on Monday night. “It’s based on Iranian lies and Iranian deception. A hundred thousand files right here prove that they lied. In a few days’ time, President Trump will decide what to do with the nuclear deal. I’m sure he’ll do the right thing – the right thing for the United States, the right thing for Israel, and the right thing for the peace of the world.”
We have a strong feeling that he will.
The only question then becomes: What happens next?