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Netanyahu: Stopping Iran is ‘paramount challenge’

Late Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a pro-Israel conference that keeping Iran from becoming a nuclear weapons power is the “paramount challenge” of this generation.

Netanyahu spoke in a live video feed to the annual conference of Christians United for Israel in Washington, DC.

The CUFI conference featured speaker after speaker condemning the deal as appeasement, including an array of Republican presidential hopefuls, among them former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and US Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.

“This deal will legitimize Iran and will destabilize the Middle East,” Bush said.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on July 12, 2015. (Emil Salman/POOL)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on July 12, 2015. (Emil Salman/POOL)

Speaking to the Knesset earlier Monday, the Israeli leader signaled that he was ready to mount an effort to derail the deal.

“It seems that there are those who are ready to make an agreement at any price – and this bad agreement is unavoidable,” Netanyahu told the Knesset. “Our commitment is to prevent Iran from arming itself with nuclear weapons, and it is valid today more than ever. I call on all those who care about Israel’s security to unite behind this commitment.”

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