Europe Begins in Israel - Interview with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

- (Bild-Germany) - "The demands that accompany the sanctions [on Iran] are inadequate. You apply this whole set of pressures - for what? For practically nothing! Iran could stop the 20% enrichment at any moment now and not in any way retard their advance in the nuclear program. The P5+1 is so keen on getting any agreement that they have lowered the demands." "There should be three clear demands: One, stop all enrichment high and low. Second, remove all material that has been enriched from Iran. Third, dismantle the underground nuclear bunker in Qom. If they really want nuclear power for peaceful purposes, as they claim, they should agree. The reasons they don't agree is that they are pursuing atomic bombs. We cannot deceive ourselves when we are discussing atomic bombs in the hands of the ayatollahs." "What [the Iranians] are doing now before they have nuclear weapons is bad enough. Sending killers our way, killing NATO forces in Afghanistan; they are arming their terrorist proxies, Hizbullah and Hamas, with tens of thousands of rockets. They are threatening to close the Straits of Hormuz and choke off the supply of oil. And they openly talk about the possibility of using nuclear weapons. So think what they would do if they had nuclear weapons." "The greatest threat facing humanity is a radical Islamist regime meeting up with nuclear weapons. The Iranian acquisition of nuclear weapons would be infinitely more costly than any scenario you can imagine to stop it." "The Palestinians have refused negotiations because it's not only Israel that would have to make concessions. It's the Palestinians also, for example, recognizing the Jewish state. They would have to recognize that the peace is permanent - that you cannot use a Palestinian state as a launching ground for eliminating the Jewish state in the future." "Israel in many ways is the beginning of Europe and the forces of militant Islam that are crashing against us are ultimately directed against you....They want Israel to be eliminated in order for them to continue the march against you. So Israel is the frontal bastion of European and Western civilization."

2012-06-07 00:00:00

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