In an interview broadcast last night on CBS, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke about welcoming the US president-elect, his plans to lobby against the Iranian nuclear deal, the growing anti-Semitism and the BDS movement throughout the US and Europe.
The Israeli Prime Minister spoke optimistically in 60 Minutes interview Photo Credit: Prime Minister’s Facebook Page/Channel 2 News
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in an interview on CBS’s 60 Minutes last night (Sunday) that he plans to lobby the US president-elect Donald Trump to cancel the Iranian nuclear deal once he is in office. “There are ways, various ways of undoing it,” he said told Lesley Stahl. “I have about five things in mind.”
The Prime Minister spoke at length about the Iran issue and even about his relationship with outgoing US President Barack Obama. “Yeah, we had our differences of opinion with – I had differences of opinion with President Obama and most well-known, of course, is Iran,” said Netanyahu. “I don’t think [it was personal]. I think that suppose we had the greatest personal chemistry, OK? So, what? You think I wouldn’t stand up against the Iran deal if I thought, as I did, that it endangers the existence of Israel? Of course I would.”
Netanyahu said he does not regret his provocative speech to Congress last year during the Israeli election season, a move that was seen as disrespectful to Obama. Moreover, Netanyahu rejects the allegation that this speech was disrespectful to Obama, saying he had and still does have respect Obama.
On the president-elect, Netanyahu said that he knows Donald Trump: “I think his attitude and his support for Israel is clear. He feels very warmly about the Jewish state and about the Jewish people.”
Trump Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News
According to Netanyahu, Israel has never been less isolated or less secure as he spoke about developing relations between Israel and countries that beforehand were not so friendly, specifically many Arab and African states. Netanyahu directly spoke about the strengthening relationship with Israel’s only peaceful neighbors, Egypt and Jordan; refusing to comment when asked about relations with Saudi Arabia. Netanyahu acknowledged that the deal with Iran paved the way for these new relationships in the region.
On Israel’s newer relations with Russia and China, Netanyahu reaffirmed that these are just relations and that the United States is still Israel’s greatest and most important ally. On the BDS movement against Israel, Netanyahu said these efforts are not about settlements or any other issue. He said: “It’s against the very existence of the State of Israel.”