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PM calls deal ‘mistake of historic proportions’

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says that the deal with Iran is a mistake of historic proportions.

Speaking at a meeting with Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders, Netanyahu says he will refer to the details of the agreement “later” but adds the current result is the outcome one receives when willing to sign a deal at any cost.

World powers made concessions to Iran in all areas which were supposed to prevent the country’s ability to arm itself with nuclear weapons, says the prime minister.

Reiterating comments he made yesterday, Netanyahu says one cannot prevent an agreement when those negotiating it are willing to continue making concession after concession even as the other side publicly calls for “Death to America.”

The will to sign a deal, the prime minister says without calling US President Barack Obama by name, is the strongest force in operation and this is why Israel never committed to preventing an agreement. It remains committed to preventing Iran from acquiring nukes and this commitment stands, Netanyahu says.

He adds a call to all Israeli leaders to set aside petty politics and unite behind what he called the most fateful issue for Israel’s future and security.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during the Likud faction meeting at the Knesset, on July 13, 2015. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during the Likud faction meeting at the Knesset, on July 13, 2015. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

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