Netanyahu Responds to White House Twitter Attack, Suggests Better Retweet
In a Sunday interview on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to a personal attack by the White House relating to his warnings about Iran’s nuclear program and his criticism of the nuclear deal now being formulated between Iran and world powers.
“If we hadn’t acted in these intervening  years, Iran would have had the nuclear weapon a long time ago…If we had let our guard down, then Iran would have had the weapon. If we let our guard down now, it will have the weapon,” Netanyahu told CBS anchor Bob Schieffer.
The comments followed a March 6, 2015 White House National Security Council tweet questioning Netanyahu’s predictions about Iran’s nuclear program. Citing a Washington Post column by Fareed Zakaria, the White House tweet read: “Interesting take from @FareedZakaria on why PM Netanyahu’s predictions on #Iran have been wrong for 25 years.”
The White House tweet follows Netanyahu’s historic address to Congress last week about Iran’s nuclear program, and underscores growing White House acrimony towards Netanyahu.
Netanyahu responded to the White House twitter swipe by suggesting a better retweet: “Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei’s ‘Nine ways and reasons that Israel should be destroyed,” a reference to the Ayatollah’s 2014 tweet in which the Iranian leader answered questions such as: “Why should the Zionist regime be eliminated?” and “What is the proper way of eliminating Israel?”
Later in the CBS interview, Netanyahu offered details on what a better deal with Iran could look like. Before lifting any restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program, the Israeli Prime Minister demanded that Iran abandon its worldwide campaign of terrorism; stop its aggression against other Middle East countries; and “stop threating to annihilate…the one and only Jewish state of Israel.”