In an interview to CBS News Face the Nation Sunday, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu referred to reports that the US may offer Arab nations in the Middle East a “nuclear umbrella” as protection from a nuclear-threshold Iran, in exchange for guarantees that they won’t seek similar technology themselves. “That signals a shift in US policy from preventing a nuclear Iran to containing one,” said Netanyahu. He reiterated his view that a better deal would be to increase breakout time and limit Iran’s nuclear infrastructure. Long-term restrictions on Iran must not be lifted even after ten years, unless Tehran commits to changing its behavior on the international stage.
A US official responded to this by saying that the negotiations dealt solely with the nuclear issue because its importance outweighed that of Iran’s record of terror.