Recently reelected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu voiced his opposition to the nearly finalized negotiations between the United States and Iran, warning that it would “threaten the very survival of Israel.”
In a televised press conference on Friday (Apr. 3), Netanyahu stressed that final language in the negotiations needs to include “clear and unambiguous Iranian commitment of Israel’s right to exist,” reports USA Today.
The Prime Minister met with his Cabinet to discuss the negotiations, with the Cabinet also vehemently opposing any deal.
Netanyahu demanded that sanctions continue to increase on Iran until “a good deal is achieved,” and warned of the economic advancements Iran could make with lesser sanctions and more bargaining power.
Removing sanctions “would greatly bolster Iran’s economy (and) give Iran, therefore, tremendous means to propel its aggression and terrorism throughout the Middle East,” said Netanyahu. He also worried about the threat of increased nuclear weaponry around the globe, stating that it could “very well spark a nuclear arms race ... and it would greatly increase the risks of terrible war.”
Netanyahu ultimately believes that the negotiations will not hinder Iran from building a nuclear bomb.
“Such a deal does not block Iran’s path to the bomb. Such a deal paves Iran’s path to the bomb,” he warned.
The relationship between Iran and Israel has been sour for centuries. Things became even worse when, in 2005, former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad vowed to destroy the nation of Israel and publicly stated his belief that the Holocaust was a myth.
After months of intense negotiations, President Barack Obama announced that a deal has been reached, with final details to be worked out before the deadline on June 30.
According to CNN, part of the deal would allow Iranian centrifuges to enrich uranium to just 3.67 percent, which is enough to allow day-to-day use for civilians, but not enough to build a nuclear weapon. The agreement would stand for 15 years, with easing restrictions after the first decade is completed.
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