Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during an address to the United Nations General Assembly in 2011.
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By Maya Rhodan
April 9, 2015

The White House on Wednesday used its official Twitter account to try to sell the ongoing nuclear negotiations with Iran — and apparently to take a jab at the Israeli Prime Minister.

A tweet pushed out late Wednesday featured a cartoon that looks nearly identical to an infamous image Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu used during a presentation at the United Nations in 2012. In 2012, Netanyahu used the image to show how close Iran was to developing a nuclear weapon. He drew a red line near the bomb’s fuse to depict his desire to stop Iran’s bomb building.

The White House’s image also has a red line near the top, but theirs shows how close Iran would be without a diplomatic resolution.

With it, they say using a blue line pointing toward the bottom, Iran would be unable to produce or stockpile uranium, its existing stockpile would be reduced by 98%, and its centrifuges would be cut by two-thirds.

President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu have been at odds over the deal with Iran, broad frameworks of which world leaders have agreed to. Now, it seems, the White House has resorted to Internet trolling.

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