Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is evidently willing to risk “friction” with the U.S. and the Biden administration to prevent Iran from going nuclear. He’s willing to do it with or without America’s help.
Netanyahu’s statement comes as President Joe Biden reportedly looks to reinstate the Iran nuclear deal. Israel has just concluded an 11-day war with Hamas and they are contending, as they have from the beginning, that Iran is the biggest existential threat to Israel.
“Iran is different from the other countries that have nuclear weapons today. Therefore, containment is not an option. If we need to choose – and I hope it will not happen – between friction with our great friend, the U.S., and getting rid of an existential threat, getting rid of an existential threat will prevail,” Netanyahu declared Tuesday.
“I’ve told this to my friend for 40 years, Joe Biden, and I said to him, ‘With or without a deal, we will continue to do everything in our power to thwart the armament of Iran with nuclear weapons,'” the prime minister noted at a swearing-in ceremony for David Barnea, who is the incoming head of Mossad.
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Israel has long asserted that it will not allow Iran to become a nuclear power. They contend it is a matter of survival for their nation as Iran has repeatedly vowed to annihilate Israel.
“Our greatest threat is the existential threat posed by Iran’s efforts to arm itself w/ nuclear weapons, whether to threaten us directly – w/ atomic weapons – with the destruction of a small state or to threaten us with tens of thousands of missiles or a great many missiles backed by a nuclear umbrella. This is a threat against the continuation of the Zionist enterprise and we must fight this threat relentlessly,” Netanyahu stated.
Biden vowed once again to reinstate the Iranian deal during talks in Vienna, Austria. Netanyahu has steadfastly stood against the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that was implemented in 2015 under the Obama administration. It lifts sanctions against Iran in exchange for the country halting nuclear development.
“I can tell you that I hope that the United States will not go back to the old JCPOA because we believe that that deal paves the way for Iran to have an arsenal of nuclear weapons with international legitimacy,” Netanyahu commented last week.
Another point of contention is that any deal with Iran must address their support for militant groups such as Hamas. The terrorist group is allegedly a proxy for Iran. “Our factories and workshops have resumed production of thousands of missiles to stop the [attacks] of Netanyahu in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv,” stated Fathi Hamad, who is a member of Hamas’ politburo, Iran’s state-run Fars News Agency reports.
Former President Trump pulled the United States out of the Iran deal in 2018 and declared that the pact needed to be renegotiated. He slapped Iran with heavy sanctions in an attempt to force them back to the negotiations table.
Iran retaliated by further enriching uranium and stockpiling more than was permitted. They attempted to pressure world powers to provide them with more economic relief. The country is also emptying its coffers to finance its nuclear and missile programs.
Recently, traces of uranium were found at a number of Iranian sites and Iran refuses to explain why, further exacerbating the matter.
After 12 years in office, Netanyahu is now fighting to retain his position as prime minister while taking a strong stance against Iran and its announced genocidal intentions.
The prime minister recently met with Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and discussed a nuclear Iran and their support for Israel.
It was a pleasure to meet w/ my friend Prime Minister Netanyahu & reiterate America’s strong & unequivocal support for Israel.
These are perilous times & whether it’s standing up to Hamas terrorists or stopping Iran from getting nuclear weapons, the American people are with you. https://t.co/EXxKWyhrhs
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) June 1, 2021
PM Netanyahu met w/ Senator @LindseyGrahamSC & said:
"No one has done more for Israel than you. You're a stalwart champion of our alliance. Thank you for everything you've been doing over the years for our security, on Iran. You've been a tremendous friend & a tremendous ally." pic.twitter.com/n0TeWhEGmH
— Ofir Gendelman (@ofirgendelman) May 31, 2021
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