Netanyahu cuts Cyprus visit short ahead of Trump’s Iran announcement
Netanyahu: Iran ‘seeking to implant very dangerous weapons in Syria’With just a few hours left until US President Donald Trump’s announcement regarding the Iranian nuclear deal, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the leaders of Greece and Cyprus that Iran has “very dangerous” plans for the Middle East and is committed to destroying Israel.
At a trilateral summit in Nicosia on Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the leaders of Greece and Cyprus about Iran’s ongoing efforts to strengthen the regime in Tehran and expand its influence.
Also during the meeting, Netanyahu stressed the danger Iran poses to the existence of Israel. “You said, Mr. President, a minute ago, that it is unimaginable that anyone would challenge the right of the State of Israel to exist,” Netanyahu said. “In fact, there is a force that is doing precisely that, and that is the regime in Tehran. It openly calls daily for our destruction, the elimination of Israel from the face of the earth, and it practices unmitigated aggression against us and against anyone else in the region. It has a terror network that is spread throughout the world. It is now seeking to implant very dangerous weapons in Syria to be used against Israel for the specific purpose of our destruction.”
Diplomatic summit in Nicosia, Cyprus, with Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras 🇮🇱 🇨🇾 🇬🇷 pic.twitter.com/diVEl3OUyJ— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) May 8, 2018
“It is in the interest of everyone to prevent this Iranian aggression,” he added. “If they reach the Mediterranean, they wish to establish military naval bases in the Mediterranean for Iranian ships and Iranian submarines. This is a palpable threat against all of us. I think that everybody recognizes the malign intentions of Iran, and I think everybody also recognizes Israel’s right of self-defense, which is really our common defense.”
Watch: Netanyahu warns of Iran's plans for the Middle East
In a few hours, US President Donald Trump will announce his decision on whether to withdraw from the nuclear deal, which he has so far criticized. Trump was scheduled to deliver his decision on May 12 but moved the announcement to today in what some call an attempt to capitalize on the publicity surrounding the news.
Yesterday, Trump tweeted: “I will be announcing my decision on the Iran Deal tomorrow from the White House at 2:00pm.”
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