Five Must-read Analyses on the Iran Nuclear Deal

Haaretz's analysts and columnists weigh in on the historic agreement signed in Vienna between Iran and world powers.

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n Iranian family walks past anti-US graffiti on the wall of the former US embassy in Tehran on July 14, 2015. Credit: AFP

1. Now that the deal has been signed, the Gog and Magog war between Obama and Netanyahu begins, writes Chemi Shalev; and even though Netanyahu can't afford a rupture with the current U.S. administration, and Obama can't risk a breach with Jerusalem and U.S. Jews – this is a war waged by two leaders for whom failure is not an option.

2. Anshel Pfeffer calls the deal neither historic nor catastrophic, and says that if it fails Israel still has recourse to military and other options. As for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Pfeffer writes, the deal constitutes a political blow – albeit not a fatal one.

3. Will the deal turn Iran into a legitimate international player or will it remain an enemy trying to take over the Middle East? Zvi Bar'el writes that in either case, Tehran has achieved more than what its nuclear capabilities would have provided it.

4. Israel should welcome the Vienna agreement, asserts Amir Oren, as it distances Iran from nuclear warheads rather than bringing them closer and presents an opportunity to reduce the primary fear of a regional explosion. Besides, adds Oren, there is no Israeli or American military option, because there is no effective military operation without boots on the ground – an invasion, and not merely a raid.

5. A concerned B. Michael wonders what Netanyahu will do now that his most beloved toy – the Iranian bomb - has been taken away. But, he adds, there is a local, domestic, Jewish solution: surplus bombs from Israel's very own (alleged) nuclear arsenal.