PM Benjamin Netanyahu shakes hands with Italian counterpart Matteo Renzi at press conference in Jerusalem, Tuesday Photo credit: AP
“Deal with Iran poses grave threats to Israel and the Middle East, to Europe and the world,” PM Benjamin Netanyahu tells visiting Italian counterpart • PM: We were told North Korea nuclear deal would make the world safer. We all know how that turned out.
At a meeting with visiting Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in Jerusalem on Tuesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the nuclear deal reached last week between world powers and Iran “poses grave threats to Israel and the Middle East, to Europe and the world.”
Netanyahu noted the deal would “put Iran at the threshold of an entire nuclear arsenal within a decade, because at that time the deal permits Iran to build as many centrifuges as it wants and to enrich as much uranium as it wants, which means that Iran could break out in a decade or so to dozens of nuclear bombs in zero time. And almost immediately, starting from this year, as the deal passes, the deal will give Iran hundreds of billions of dollars to bankroll its aggression in the region and its terrorism around the world.”
Netanyahu reiterated his view that the deal is a “historic mistake.”
“Now, we’re repeatedly told that no deal is better than a bad deal,” Netanyahu said. “Well, this is a bad deal. Yet today we are told that the whole world supports this bad deal. Well, that’s just not true. Israel and many Arab states oppose this deal. And, in any case, sometimes the entire world can be wrong.
“It was dead wrong on another nuclear deal — the one with North Korea. We were told then by the international community, the scientific community, the arms control community that that deal would prevent North Korea from getting nuclear weapons and it would make the world safer. Well, we all know how that turned out.”
Earlier on Tuesday, Netanyahu met with U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, who was wrapping up a two-day visit to Israel. Neither commented on Iran in a brief appearance before news cameras and reporters. They shook hands and Netanyahu quickly steered Carter upstairs, to Carter’s apparent surprise that Netanyahu was bypassing a chance to publicly attack the deal.