‘Not too late’ to thwart bad nuclear deal, Netanyahu says
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‘Not too late’ to thwart bad nuclear deal, Netanyahu says

As Kerry accuses critics of hysteria, PM reiterates objections to framework accord with Iran, urges world to hold out for better terms

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (screen capture: YouTube)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (screen capture: YouTube)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Friday that it’s not too late to stop a bad deal between Iran and world powers over Tehran’s controversial nuclear program.

In a message published on YouTube marking the Washington Institute for Near East Policy’s 30th anniversary, the prime minister warned that the international community “cannot afford to let the planet’s foremost sponsor of terrorism have nuclear capabilities,” cataloging Iran’s backing of terrorist groups on Israel’s borders.

“But it’s not too late,” he said. “Countries around the world must have the courage and the resolve to hold out for a better deal, one that will actually do the job of blocking Iran’s path to the bomb.”

Netanyahu dismissed assertions by US President Barack Obama that the deal would make the world a safer place, saying that if implemented, the framework agreement reached on April 2 in Lausanne “will endanger Israel — big time. But it’s not just Israel that will be in danger: The Middle East and the entire world will be threatened.”

“A better deal is necessary. A better deal is possible. A better deal must and can be achieved,” Netanyahu said, repeating his outcry against the framework agreement with Iran. “But if not, no deal is better than this bad deal.”

US Secretary of State John Kerry followed up Netanyahu’s comments Saturday by reasserting that the nuclear deal “will in fact protect Israel,” and claiming that critics of the deal were sowing “hysteria.”

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