Israeli lawmaker questions Netanyahu's Iran deal strategy

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Posted: Dec 12, 2016 12:44 PM
Israeli lawmaker questions Netanyahu's Iran deal strategy

JERUSALEM (AP) — A leading Israeli opposition politician on Monday questioned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's goal of dismantling the international community's nuclear deal with Iran.

Yair Lapid, head of the centrist Yesh Atid Party, told foreign reporters that while he also dislikes the deal, it may be too late to stop it.

"The United States is not the only player. The Chinese, the Russians, the Europeans are already inside Iran signing deals," he said. "It needs to be determined whether it is even possible to cancel the Iranian nuclear deal."

The 2015 agreement imposed curbs on Iran's nuclear program in exchange for lifting economic sanctions.

Netanyahu says it will not prevent Iran from gaining a nuclear weapons capability. He plans to lobby U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to undo the deal.