Netanyahu: “We will never let Iran develop nuclear weapons—not now, not in 10 years, not ever”

While addressing this year’s AIPAC policy conference on Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke about the Iranian threat and vowed that Israel “will never let Iran develop nuclear weapons.” Before speaking about Iran, Netanyahu said that Israel is “coloring the world blue” by forging diplomatic relations with countries all over the world.

The Netanyahu couple and the Trump couple in the White House Photo Credit: Haim Zach/GPO

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Tuesday that Iran is a danger not just to Israel but to the Middle East region and the entire world. Speaking at the 2018 AIPAC policy conference, Netanyahu explained that Tehran is “the force behind so much of what is bad” in the region.

“If I have a message for you today, it is a very simple one: we must stop Iran; we will stop Iran,” Netanyahu said before he commented on the nuclear deal that US Vice President Mike Pence said that Washington would immediately pull out of if it is not fixed.

“When I last spoke here, I warned, tried to warn, the world about a nuclear deal that was a threat to the survival of Israel, the security of the region, the peace of the world,” he stated. “I warned that Iran’s regime had repeatedly lied to the international community, that it could not be trusted. I warned that the deal gives Iran a clear path towards developing a nuclear arsenal in little more than a decade. And I warned that by removing Iran’s sanctions, Iran’s regime would not become more moderate and peaceful but more extreme and belligerent, much more dangerous.”

“Ladies and gentlemen, that’s exactly what has happened,” he continued. “Darkness is descending on our region. Iran is building an aggressive empire—Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Gaza, Yemen—more to come. Now Iran is seeking to build permanent military bases in Syria.”

The Israeli prime minister then spoke about the story of Purim and linked it to the current Iranian threat: “Last week, we read in the Book of Esther about an earlier Persian attempt to exterminate our people. They failed then, they’ll fail now. We will never let Iran develop nuclear weapons—not now, not in 10 years, not ever.”

Before speaking about Iran, Netanyahu mentioned Israel’s growing ties with countries around the world, claiming that Israel is “coloring the world blue” and that soon the countries that oppose Israel will be the ones who are isolated. “There are those who talk about boycotting Israel, we’ll boycott them!” he said as the audience applauded.

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