Bennett, still speaking to the press with Biden in the Oval Office, says the two sides will focus on Iran during their continuing meeting today.
“Obviously, the main issue we’re going to be talking about today here is Iran’s race to a nuclear weapon,” he says.
“We talked about it inside the room [before]. I was happy to hear your clear words that Iran will never be able to acquire a nuclear weapon, and that you emphasized that you’ll try the diplomatic route, but there’s other options if that doesn’t work out.”
“These very days illustrate what the world would look like if a radical Islamic regime acquired a nuclear weapon — that marriage would be a nuclear nightmare for the entire world,” Bennett says, appearing to reference the recent attacks in Afghanistan.
“Iran is the world’s number one exporter of terror, instability and human rights violations. And as we sit here right now, the Iranians are spinning their centrifuges in Natanz and Forgdo. And we’ve got to stop them.”
He says he will present [to Biden] Israel’s two-pronged plan for dealing with Iran that will address both its regional aggression and also “permanently keep Iran away from ever being able to break out to a nuclear weapon.”
Bennett reminds Biden that Israel never has and never will ask the US to send troops to defend Israel. “That’s our job. We will never outsource our security,” he says. “It’s our responsibility to take care of our fate.
“But we do thank you for the tools and the back you’ve been giving us and you’re giving us,” he adds.