US mimics Netanyahu’s cartoon bomb to sell nuke deal


In apparent jab at Israeli leader, White House revamps PM’s famous diagram to point out merits of agreement with Iran

With diplomatic sparring between Israel and the US over the worth of last week’s Lausanne deal in full swing, the White House published a sketch of a cartoon bomb listing the advantages of the agreement — a text-heavy lookalike of the prop used by Netanyahu in his 2012 address to the UN General Assembly.

The diagram posted to the White House’s official website, as well as its Twitter feed, compared two possible scenarios presented in bullet points beside the drawing: “Without the deal” and “With the deal.”

The famous Netanyahu bomb speech saw the prime minister produce a cartoon-like diagram of a bomb and a wick. “This is a bomb; this is a fuse,” he told the UN General Assembly.

“Israel shares the view that with the expiry of the nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers, Iran’s breakout time for acquiring nuclear bombs will be zero,” Netanyahu said in a video message.

In a Washington Post opinion piece Wednesday, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon hit back at critics who have said that Israel’s position on the agreement amounts to warmongering.

“The choice is not between this bad deal and war,” Ya’alon said.

“The alternative is a better deal that significantly rolls back Iran’s nuclear infrastructure and links the lifting of restrictions on its nuclear program to an end of Iran’s aggression in the region, its terrorism across the globe and its threats to annihilate Israel,” he said.

Full article: US mimics Netanyahu’s cartoon bomb to sell nuke deal (The Times of Israel)

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