The More We Learn, the Worse the Deal Gets

In his March 5 Address to Congress, Prime Minister Netanyahu warned that the Iran deal would leave a vast nuclear infrastructure with a break-out time that would be “very short — about a year by U.S. assessment, even shorter by Israel’s.” The last four words were a diplomatic way of noting Israel’s lack of confidence in the one-year assurances of the Obama administration. Based on the extensive analysis released this week by the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS), “Breakout Timelines Under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action” (JCPOA), Israel’s assessment is more accurate. The ISIS study concludes that the likely breakout time is seven months.