Statement by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser)
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued the following statement this afternoon
(Friday, 3 April 2015):
"I just came from a meeting of the
Israeli cabinet. We discussed the proposed framework for a deal with Iran.
cabinet is united in strongly opposing the proposed deal.
deal would pose a grave danger to the region and to the world and would threaten
the very survival of the State of Israel.
deal would not shut down a single nuclear facility in Iran, would not destroy a
single centrifuge in Iran and will not stop R&D on Iran's advanced
the contrary. The deal would legitimize Iran's illegal nuclear program. It would
leave Iran with a vast nuclear infrastructure. A vast nuclear infrastructure
remains in place.
deal would lift sanctions almost immediately and this at the very time that Iran
is stepping up its aggression and terror in the region and beyond the region.
a few years, the deal would remove the restrictions on Iran's nuclear program,
enabling Iran to have a massive enrichment capacity that it could use to produce
many nuclear bombs within a matter of months.
deal would greatly bolster Iran's economy. It would give Iran thereby tremendous
means to propel its aggression and terrorism throughout the Middle East.
a deal does not block Iran's path to the bomb.
a deal paves Iran's path to the bomb.
it might very well spark a nuclear arms race throughout the Middle East and it
would greatly increase the risks of terrible war.
some say that the only alternative to this bad deal is war.
is a third alternative – standing firm, increasing the pressure on Iran until
a good deal is achieved.
finally let me say one more thing.
is a regime that openly calls for Israel's destruction and openly and actively
works towards that end.
two days ago, in the midst of the negotiations in Lausanne, the commander of the
Basij security forces in Iran said this: "The destruction of Israel is
I want to make clear to all. The survival of Israel is non-negotiable.
will not accept an agreement which allows a country that vows to annihilate us
to develop nuclear weapons, period.
addition, Israel demands that any final agreement with Iran will include a clear
and unambiguous Iranian recognition of Israel's right to exist.