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The Obama administration on Wednesday posted a message on Twitter to promote the deal framework with Iran on nuclear development — and also appears to be ridiculing Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s opposition to the deal and longstanding hawkishness against Iran.

“Worth sharing: Here’s how the #IranDeal would shut down Iran’s pathway to a nuclear weapon,” the tweet says, along with a cartoon-style bomb drawing in which a red line at “90%” is shown being directed downward to a blue line with “0%.”

The tweet is an obvious takeoff on Netanyahu’s infamous 2012 address to the United Nations, in which he held up a visual aid of a cartoon-style bomb in order to illustrate Iran’s alleged progress toward building a nuclear weapon. He drew a red line at the “90%” point, to claim that Iran was almost at the goal.

Also notably, leaked documents that have come out since that speech have suggested that Israel’s own intelligence service had a sharply different view of whether Iran had successfully reached those same necessary benchmarks.

Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons and one novel. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.