In a conference for foreign press in Jerusalem, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu calls the Iran nuclear deal a “stunning historic mistake” and says that Israel will not adhere to the agreement and will not hesitate to defend itself if necessary.
“Israel is not bound by this deal with Iran, because Iran continues to seek our destruction,” Netanyahu says, adding that “we will always defend ourselves.”
Netanyahu calls the Iranian regime “the foremost sponsor of international terrorism,” and attacks the accord for “gambling that in ten years time Iran’s terrorist regime can change, without removing any incentive for it to do so.”
“In the coming decade, the deal will reward Iran with hundreds of billions of dollars. This cash bonanza will fuel its terrorism worldwide … and its efforts to destroy Israel which are ongoing. [The deal] doesn’t require [Iran] to cease its aggression in any way.”
The deal “repeats the mistake of North Korea,” the premier continues, noting how the world “attempted to prevent a rogue regime from acquiring nuclear weapons” but failed. “We all know what happened there,” he chimes.
“By not dismantling Iran’s nuclear program, this deal will give an unreformed, unrepentant regime the ability to produce an arsenal of nuclear weapons,” Netanyahu says.
Netnayahu recounts how last Friday Rouhani attended an al-Quds day rally in Tehran where “a frenzied mob burned Israeli and American flags.”
“Now this didn’t happen four years ago, it happened four days ago,” he says, adding that Iran’s “aggression was on display for everyone to see.”
Netanyahu continues: “Iran’s supreme leader says that the deal does not limit Iran’s aggression in any way, that negotiations with the US are on the nuclear issue and nothing else. ‘The US embodies global arrogance, and the struggle against it continues,’ [Khameni says].”
This deal is a “stunning historic mistake,” he concludes.