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Netanyahu angry that nuclear talks go on while Iran vows to destroy Israel


Benjamin Netanyahu. Source: U.S. Department of State

Benjamin Netanyahu. Source: U.S. Department of State

PRIME Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday excoriated world powers over their dogged pursuit of a nuclear deal with Iran, pointing to recent statements by officials in Tehran – notably their calls to eliminate Israel – as evidence of the Islamic Republic’s unwillingness to compromise on its nuclear ambitions and campaign of “terror, subjugation and conquest.”

In tones of moral outrage, he issued a brief, infuriated statement to camera, protesting that the talks were continuing in Lausanne even as Iran reiterated its insistent goal of destroying the Jewish state.

“Yesterday, an Iranian general brazenly declared, and I quote, ‘Israel’s destruction is nonnegotiable,’” Netanyahu began, referring to a statement by Mohammad Reza Naqd, the commander of the Basij militia of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards.

“But evidently, giving Iran’s murderous regime a clear path to the bomb is negotiable,” he said. “This is unconscionable.”

Netanyahu’s comments came as diplomats from Iran and a group of six world powers, led by the United States, resumed negotiations over the terms of a nuclear deal, hours after a deadline for such a deal elapsed.
He charged that Iran’s actions and ongoing “aggression” across the Middle East proved it did not intend to give up its nuclear and regional ambitions.

“I agree with those who have said that Iran’s claim that its nuclear programme is only for peaceful purposes doesn’t square with Iran’s insistence on keeping underground nuclear facilities, advanced centrifuges, and a heavy water reactor,” he said. “Nor does it square with Iran’s insistence on developing (Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles ICBMs), and its refusal to come clean with the International Atomic Energy Agency on its past weaponisation efforts.

“At the same time, Iran is accelerating its campaign of terror, subjugation and conquest throughout the region, most recently in Yemen,” he continued.

Netanyahu’s reference to “those who have said” Iran does not require such capabilities marked the second time in two days that he has obliquely referred to comments made by President Barack Obama at the Saban Conference in December 2013, without citing Obama by name. The two leaders are bitterly at odds over strategies for thwarting Iran.

The prime minister claimed that “the concessions offered to Iran in Lausanne would ensure a bad deal that would endanger Israel, the Middle East and the peace of the world,” and called on the international community “to insist on a better deal… which would significantly roll back Iran’s nuclear infrastructure” and “link the eventual lifting of the restrictions on Iran’s nuclear programme to a change in Iran’s behavior.”

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  • John4534

    KERRY really deserve a NOBEL PEACE PRIZE for his un-tiredly efforts to find out a reasonable solution to resolve the decade long nuclear issue with Iran, and more importantly avoiding an another bloody war in the middle east. Wish, if he should have been the V P of Bush instead of war monger Cheney, the world would have been different, there was no Al-Qaeda, Shabab, Boko Haram and ISIS, our 8000 lives and more than 2 trillion dollars war bills could have been saved.

    • GodwinEdwards

      And now under your Obama the offspring of iSLAM…who has brought death and sorrows to world christian families and has raised the momentum of the islamic world through his actions……Under his watch several hundreds of thousands of christians have been murdered from Pakistan to syria to libya to lraq to kenja to Nigeria to Egypt by islamists…..yet Obama pretended not to have known…Even some of these countries requested to buy arms from US to fight these islamists, Obama blocked it…… l think Obama was a mistake for US and the world

  • Septic Skeptic

    Yeah, the funny thing, however, is that Iran never vowed to destroy Israel.

    Of course, that little detail certainly doesn’t correspond with Israel’s propaganda against Iran, and the Media isn’t taking steps to correct their erroneous reporting about the situation. Headlines are more eye catching when “Iran Vows to Destroy Israel” are pasted all over newspapers, magazines, and news websites.