Israel says Iran nuclear deal 'historic mistake' for world

THE agreement between Iran and six world powers on Tehran's nuclear program has been condemned by Israel's prime minister as an "historic mistake for the world."

The deal ensures Iran will not develop a nuclear weapon. In return, wide-ranging international trade sanctions on the country will be lifted.

US president Barack Obama said the agreement is not built on trust, but instead on verification, as inspectors will ensure the country is complying.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said:

From the initial reports received, it is already possible to say that this agreement is a historic mistake for the world.

The world is a much more dangerous place.

Wide-ranging concessions were made in all of the areas which should have prevented Iran from getting the ability to arm itself with a nuclear weapon.

The desire to sign an agreement was stronger than everything else.

Research by the Pew Research centre has shown that Iran's nuclear program was the primary concern to Israeli respondents, ahead of six other global threats - including Isis...

Israel Iran nuclear program opinion survey

Only the US had a greater percentage of respondents who were very concerned with the Iran nuclear program.

Furthermore, Israel was the only country to hold this concern as foremost, of the countries surveyed.