Netanyahu reiterates opposition to Iran deal upon visit of Italian PM

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

( Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated his staunch opposition to the recently signed Iran nuclear deal during a Knesset session held in honor of visiting Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Wednesday.

“Iran, which strives to export the Khomeiniist revolution throughout the world, continues—on a daily basis—to call for Israel’s destruction,” Netanyahu said. “It is spreading murderous terrorism and undermining stability across the Middle East. I say as clearly as possible: The nuclear agreement signed with Iran last week threatens not only us, but you in Europe, the United States, and the entire international community.”

He continued, “The agreement leaves Iran with the ability to achieve an arsenal of nuclear bombs in approximately a decade, in 15 years maximum, because then all the restrictions on Iran’s production of advanced and non-advanced centrifuges will be lifted, as well as on its enrichment of uranium to any level it likes. Then Iran will be able to break through to many nuclear bombs in zero time, with international legitimacy. The deal also will enrich Iran’s coffers, even now, with hundreds of billions of dollars, at least $100 billion in the first year, money that will serve to increase its aggression in the region and to spread terrorism to many countries.”

Renzi, who a day earlier visited Tel Aviv University with a delegation of Italian scientists, told the Knesset that whoever boycotts Israel “doesn’t understand that he is boycotting himself and doesn’t understanding that he is betraying his own future.” He added that when he delivers a speech in the disputed Palestinian territories during his visit, he plans to emphasize that “to recognize Israel is to recognize reality,” Haaretz reported.

Posted on July 22, 2015 .