Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) listens to an unidentified man as he reads the book of Esther at Jerusalem's Great Synagogue on March 5, 2015 during the feast of Purim. AFP PHOTO / GIL COHEN-MAGEN
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to the United States Congress was eloquent, moving and intelligent in identifying the problems with the potential nuclear deal with Iran.In the world according to Bibi, the Chinese, Russians and Europeans will cheer, tighten sanctions and increase pressure – which would then lead Iran to capitulate.Between 2003 and 2005, under another practical president, Mohammad Khatami, Iran negotiated with three European Union powers a possible deal to place Iran's nuclear program under constraints and inspections.Iran went from 164 centrifuges to 19,000, accumulated over 17,000 pounds of enriched uranium gas, and ramped up construction of a heavy water reactor at Arak that could be used to produce weapons-grade plutonium.Iran will expand its nuclear program.For almost 25 years now, Netanyahu has argued that Iran is on the verge of producing a nuclear weapon. In 1996 – 19 years ago – he addressed the U.S. Congress and made pretty much the same argument he made this week. Over the last 10 years he has argued repeatedly that Iran is one year away from a bomb.
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