- In this photo released by the official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a news briefing after Iran and world powers agree in Geneva to a deal over Iran's nuclear program, at the Presidency compound in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Presidency Office, Mohammad Berno)
The "very minimal" Geneva agreement would only impose a short term delay on Iranian uranium enrichment and leave Iran's missile delivery systems untouched. Yet Phares described this agreement as merely an "appetizer" for later beneficial agreements with Iran.
Anti-Iranian sanctions lifted under the agreement that had previously taken years to devise would be "ten times more difficult" to re-impose in the future. A "tidal wave of businesses" seeking to enter the Iranian market would lobby to prevent any sanctions renewal. Unfrozen Iranian assets under the agreement, meanwhile, will enable the Iranian regime to implement propaganda efforts depicting an Iran making progress towards regional peace.
A "strategic mistake" is how Israel and Arab Gulf states, worried about Iranian hegemony, perceive the Geneva agreement. Especially disturbing was the lack of any American consultation with Israel or any Gulf allies while negotiating the agreement. This meant, in particular, a Saudi lobby defeat in America to Iranian interests after Saudi interests had lost out to the Muslim Brotherhood throughout the Middle East.