Photo Credit: Hadas Parush / Flash 90
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends an event held at the International Conference Center in Jerusalem of the Taglit Birthright program, where Netanyahu was the guest speaker. January 14, 2015.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu opened this week’s Sunday cabinet meeting with a grim warning about the current negotiations taking place between world powers and Iran — and the implications for Israel.

World powers currently negotiating with Iran are liable to reach a framework agreement in the coming weeks, Netanyahu said in a statement at the start of the meeting.

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The agreement, if reached, is “an agreement that is liable to leave Iran as a nuclear threshold state, which would endanger, first and foremost, the existence of the State of Israel,” Netanyahu warned.

“This is the same Iran that has taken over Lebanon and Syria and is now taking over Yemen and Iran,” he continued. “This is the same Iran that is preparing an active front against us both on the Golan Heights and in southern Lebanon. This same Iran cannot advance toward nuclear weapons,” Netanyahu said.

In a clear response to the past week’s brouhaha over Speaker John Boehner’s invitation to address a joint session of the U.S. Congress – not a first-time event for the prime minister in any case – Netanyahu then added:

“As Prime Minister of Israel, I am obligated to make every effort in order to prevent Iran from achieving nuclear weapons that would be aimed at the State of Israel. This effort is worldwide and I will go anywhere I am invited in order to enunciate the State of Israel’s position and in order to defend its future and its existence.”

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12 COMMENTS

  1. All power to you ,Mr Prime Minister Take no notice of your detractors. !Even they will ,one day, acclaim your efforts . Israel's cause is just You are the Churchill of our times ; prepared to face down the scorners for what you stand for
    Israel did not wait two thousand years to establish our state just to see it destroyed by a tyrannical regime which openly flaunts its evil plans .

  2. There's no such thing as ettiquette when your nation's existence is at stake. I have a terrifying feeling that many of our wealthiest democracies are beginning to turn their public faces away from the prospect of an Islamic nuclear attack against Israel. World energy trade developement and finance would then move as they have been constructing it for decades.

  3. the prime minister is 100% right in his going before the us congress and explaining the iran situation as its dangers not only to Israel but to the rest of the western civilization. an nuke armed iran will start an nuke race in the middle east. plain and simple. obama should realize there no jv teams once one of these nations get their hands on a nuke.

  4. The more Israel if it is Netanyahu or anyone else, that can continue to alert and remind the world of the real threat that Iran poses the better it will be not only for Israel but the whole world period. In my opinion Obama would make a great mistake not supporting and listening to Israels strong warnings as no one has more inside intelligence than Israel has as to what really happens in Iran. Obama reminds me of a phrase: A friend who doesn't help/supports you, is no better than an enemy who does you no harm.

  5. Neither the Sunni rebels nor the Assad-led Shiites who are involved in the Syrian civil war are friends of the United States or Israel. Israel and the US’s best strategy should be to help maintain the status quo where neither Assad nor the rebels are strong enough to defeat the other militarily.

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