The multilateral deal could face a unilateral challenge from the Donald Trump administration with the help of Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu

Trump and Clinton on U.S. nuclear policy, Iran deal from PBS Newshour

In an interview with US news show 60 Minutes on CBS, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said there are about “five ways” he and US President-Elect Donald Trump could use to undo the Iran nuclear deal, a hallmark of the Obama administration’s foreign policy during his second term.

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The Prime Minister said, “I think what options we have are much more than you think…Many more. And I’ll talk about it with President Trump,” expressing his desire to discuss the issue with President-Elect Trump when he assumes office in January 2017. The Iranians have expressed their opposition to any unilateral changes to the deal they signed which also included five other major world powers aside from the United States. Benjamin Netanyahu has continuously expressed his disapproval of the deal, a sentiment Donald Trump shares, saying “Any commander in chief worth of defending this nation should be prepared to stand up on 20 January 2017 and rip to shreds this catastrophic deal.” Of course, Barack Obama urges Trump to reconsider his stance.

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Supported by current director of the CIA John Brennan as well as leaders from around the world, any attempt to change the terms of the agreement could be unilateral at best, or, as Hans Blix, former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said: “I think the signs from the [EU] are pretty categorical…It is an agreement reached multilaterally and they will stand by it. I don’t think the Europeans would allow any American attempt to tear it apart.” The relationship between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President-Elect Donald Trump could be closer than that of most Israeli and US leaders in the past. During his interview, Netanyahu told CBS “I know Donald Trump. I know him very well. And I think his attitude, his support for Israel is clear. He feels very warmly about the Jewish state, about the Jewish people. There’s no question about that.”

For his part, Trump has also expressed a desire to move the stalled 2014 peace talks between Israel and Palestine forward to which Netanyahu said the “two states for two peoples” plan could become a reality if he and the president-elect worked together towards that aim.

[The Guardian – Netanyahu aims to discuss ‘various ways’ to undo Iran deal with Trump]
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