>> Iran lied.>> That was the two word talking point that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu punched home over and over again in a theatrical television performance on Monday night. In his latest attack on the 2015 nuclear deal that Iran signed with world powers. I'm Steven Fowl in Israel.
Where Benjamin Netanyahu, on Monday night, delivered what was billed as a prime time television expose of supposedly secure Iranian atomic files, smuggled out of Iran by Israeli intelligence. It underwhelmed many experts at home and abroad, but some say the most important audience was one man, US president, Donald Trump.
The speech was trailed in advance, given a big billing, leading to lots of anticipation here had Israel discovered recent Iranian nuclear violation? There was even speculation about what Israel might do, military action perhaps. But dramatic though Netanyahu's presentation was, Israeli intelligence raids, documents smuggled abroad, pictures, video much of the proported evidence dated many years back when nuclear experts had a chance to assess what they had seen many concluded nothing new, now smoking gun.
But the crucial data is not 10,11, 15 years ago but 11 days from now, President Trump's May 12th deadline to fix a nuclear deal. But he is long excoriated as being too soft Iran, or he will repose US sanctions. It also seems now that Israel told Trump about the Iranian files two months ago, back when they met in Washington in March.
Iran has dismissed claims as propaganda, the boy who cried wolf it says. It denies ever pursuing nuclear weapons. The argument about writing and rewriting history will go on. What matters is what happens in less than two weeks. Will the nuclear deal have to be rewritten? And what impact will that have on an already volatile Middle East?