Nevertheless, “there appears to be general relaxation of sanctions and a rush to accommodate Iran … as if Iran has changed anything of its actual policies.” Indeed. Fantasy-based policymaking rules the day.
“Netanyahu Blasts Iran ‘Deal’ as ‘Political Theater,’” by Abraham Rabinovich for the Washington Free Beacon, December 3:
JERUSALEM—Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday termed the West’s interim agreement with Iran as “more political theater than substance” and warned that the sanctions that brought Iran to the negotiating table were already showing signs of crumbling.
“There appears to be general relaxation of sanctions and a rush to accommodate Iran … as if Iran has changed anything of its actual policies,” he said at a press conference, according to the Times of Israel.
Foreign business conglomerates have been reported to be jockeying for position to exploit the potentially lucrative Iranian market when sanctions ease. Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said this week that he was conducting talks with major oil companies in Italy and Norway and that Iran will invite American companies to invest as well. German companies such as Siemens are among those seeking to tap into the Iranian market.
Although Netanyahu has been urged by political opponents and even some allies at home to tone down his public criticism of Washington for having pushed through the interim agreement, the Israeli leader continued to make his displeasure known as he wrapped up a two-day official visit to Rome and the Vatican on Monday.
Iran has not changed its policies, he said, “except to smile, to speak English on occasion, and to make PowerPoint presentations. What a revolution.”…