We Must Prevent Iran from Developing Nuclear Weapons

(Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs) Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu - Prime Minister Netanyahu told the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America on Tuesday: "[Iran's] Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, brazenly calls for Israel's annihilation....Iran arms, trains, [and] finances the Palestinian terrorist groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad. It has supplied them, and its main terrorist proxy, Hizbullah, with tens of thousands of rockets to fire on Israeli citizens." "Iran's savagery abroad is also matched by its brutality at home. The ayatollah regime executes political opponents, religious and ethnic minorities, gays, feminists and journalists. And executions have increased, not decreased, under the supposedly moderate Rouhani regime. This is how Iran acts without nuclear weapons; now imagine how Iran will act if a deal is made that leaves it as a threshold nuclear power." "The international community is reportedly willing to leave Iran's nuclear program largely intact. They hope to rely on intelligence and inspectors to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. I believe this would be a bad deal and a huge mistake....If the ten-year run-around that Iran has given the International Atomic Energy Agency is any indication, inspectors won't stop Iran from getting the bomb." "The Islamic State of Iran is not a partner of America. It's an enemy of America. And it should be treated as an enemy - by keeping tough sanctions on the regime; by making clear that the international community is determined to do whatever it takes to prevent Iran from breaking out or sneaking out to get the bomb." "The worst thing that can happen now is for the international community to agree to a deal that leaves Iran as a threshold nuclear power and removes the sanctions....Israel cannot allow a regime committed to its destruction to develop the weapons to achieve that goal." "But the alternative to a bad deal is not war. It means giving existing sanctions and even stronger sanctions more time to work to achieve the goal of fully dismantling Iran's military nuclear capabilities. To remove sanctions before that goal is reached is to remove any hope of a genuine diplomatic solution."

2014-11-12 00:00:00

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