Benjamin Netanyahu accuses West of forsaking pledge to prevent nuclear-armed Iran

Benjamin Netanyahu accuses West of forsaking pledge to prevent nuclear-armed Iran – Israel News – Jerusalem Post.

PM says from the emerging nuclear agreement “it appears [world powers] have given up” on their commitment regarding Iran.

As criticism both in Israel and the US of his planned speech to Congress continues to mount, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu framed the debate over Iran in stark life-and-death terms on Wednesday.

“I respect the White House and the US President,” he said of the friction his decision to address Congress has triggered, “but on a matter so fateful that it could determine whether we exist or not, my obligation is do everything to prevent such a great danger to the State of Israel.

Speaking to a a Likud gathering in Ma’ale Adumim, Netanyahu – after addressing the comptroller’s report about housing – said that the biggest threat to life in Israel and to the state is an Iran armed with nuclear weapons.

“We have many reasons to worry about the agreement that is being formulated now,” he said. “The world powers committed themselves to preventing Iran from getting a nuclear bomb, but from the emerging accord it appears that they have given up on that commitment and have come to accept the idea of Iran — gradually over the years — developing the ability to make the fissile material needed for many nuclear bombs.”

While the world may have come to accept this notion, he said, “We have not.”

Netanyahu said it was his responsibility as Israel’s leader to do everything he could to warn of the dangers and to oppose the deal.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister’s Office declined to comment on a number of issues related to the speech, including US National Security Advisor Susan Rice’s comment Tuesday that the speech was “destructive” to the Israel-US relationship, as well as Virginia Senator Tim Kaine announcing that he won’t the address.

The PMO also did not relate to the report that Ambassador Ron Dermer asked the ambassadors of Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates to attend the address, and that they declined.

Regarding reports that Netanyahu’s own National Security Advisor Yossi Cohen was opposed to the speech, Cohen issued a rare statement saying, “In total contrast to what was published I am not opposed to Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Congressional speech. In my opinion, the speech is imperative at this time in order to explain why the emerging deal between Iran and the P5+1 is dangerous for Israel and the world.” Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman, meanwhile, said that Iran was standing behind all those who fight Israel – Hezbollah, Hamas and Islamic Jihad – and “therefore the agreement emerging now is not good for us.”

On a tour of the northern border, Liberman called for the security cabinet to be convened and for Israel to make decisions regarding the agreement. He did not elaborate.

Without relating directly to Netanyahu’s address, he said that Israel needed to oppose the agreement, but do so in a way that would not harm the relationship with Washington.

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3 Comments on “Benjamin Netanyahu accuses West of forsaking pledge to prevent nuclear-armed Iran”

  1. Paul H. Lemmen Says:

    Reblogged this on A Conservative Christian Man.

  2. Mark Says:

    The s*** is about to hit the fan as they say!!!

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