Israel's Washington embassy on Thursday launched a barbed Twitter campaign against the nuclear agreement negotiations between the United States, Western powers and Iran.
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The embassy tweeted a fake New York Times front page, dated March 31, 2025, "reporting" how Iran had hoodwinked the world on the nuclear deal. This is 10 years after the date on which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the framework agreement will be signed.
The campaign highlights the accord's so-called "sunset clause". This states that within 10 years from signing the agreement, international restrictions on the Iranian nuclear program will gradually be eased, and fully removed five years later.
A note attached to the fake front page says "Future headlines after a bad deal?" The newspaper's main headline is "How we duped the West; Iranian Pres. Rouhani declares." The subtitle says: "P5+1: We have regrets."
Other headlines on the page designed by Israel's embassy in Washington say "Despite inspectors, Iran illicitly obtains equipment to complete Arak plutonium reactor," "IRGC test new generation ICBM, range to SF, LA" and "UN: Alarming increase in Iran executions by moderate regime."
The main photograph is of a gas station in the United States with the fuel prices rising.
About that Iran sunset clause... // Headlines from the future: March 2025 pic.twitter.com/OEsBO3JDR6
Netanyahu and his men say the "Sunset clause" is the most dangerous one in the agreement, as it will enable Iran to develop an industrial alignment of uranium enrichment within 10-15 years with full international legitimacy.
The American administration denies that the restrictions on the Iranian nuclear program will be lifted in 10 years and says that even after the agreement's full implementation Iran will be obligated to act according to the international Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.
More tweets in this vein are expected to appear on the embassy's and the prime minister's office's Twitter accounts in the next few days, as Netanyahu's Congress speech looms nearer.
The tweets against the agreement are expected to raise the annoyance level in the White House and State Department against Netanyahu.
The embassy's tweet is probably a first taste of the messages Netanyahu is expected to convey in his address to AIPAC next Monday and to Congress a day later.
Israeli ambassador in Washington Ron Dermer, who concocted the Congress speech together with the speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner, has been working with Netanyahu on his speech in Jerusalem for the last few days.