Appearing on a number of Sunday morning news programs, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continued to criticize the Obama administration for continuing to negotiate a peace deal with Iran.
During his segment on NBC’s “Meet the Press," Netanyahu answered his own critics who believe he is trying to interfere in the negotiation process in order to stop any deal from being signed.
“I’m not trying to kill any deal. I’m trying to kill a bad deal,” said the Prime Minister. Netanyahu also stressed the possibility of other nations developing their own nuclear weapons.
“It [the deal] would spark an arms race among the Sunni states, a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. And the Middle East crisscrossed with nuclear tripwires is a nightmare for the world. I think this deal is a dream deal for Iran and it’s a nightmare for the rest of the world,” said Netanyahu.
Host Chuck Todd asked Netanyahu about what he believed to be the best deal possible.
The Prime Minister said that one idea would involve “one that rolls back Iran’s nuclear infrastructure and one that ties the final lifting of restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program with a change of Iran’s behavior,” and forces Iran to stop “calling for and working for the annihilation of Israel,” Netanyahu said.
Appearing on ABC’s “This Week,” Netanyahu continued his warnings about the negotiations and final deal.
“It leaves Iran with a vast nuclear infrastructure. It lifts the sanctions on them fairly quickly and enables them to get billions of dollars into their coffers. They’re not going to use it for schools or hospitals or roads. They’re going to use it to pump up their terror machine worldwide and their military machine that is busy conquering the Middle East now,” the Prime Minister said to host Martha Raddatz.
On CNN’s “State of the Union,” the Prime Minister stated that he sees other alternatives than “this bad deal or war.”
“I think there’s a third alternative, and that is standing firm, ratcheting up the pressure until you get a better deal,” he told host Jim Acosta.
Tensions between the White House and the newly re-elected Prime Minister have increased since the turn of the year. For example, Netanyahu visited the United States in early March without President Barack Obama knowing or approving his visit.
Netanyahu is also voicing his strong opposition to Iran, mainly because of Israel’s troubled past with the known terror-friendly nation. In 2005, former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called for the destruction of Israel and said that the Holocaust was a hoax.
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