Netanyahu Told Obama Nuclear Deal Poses ‘Great Danger’ to US, World (VIDEO)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he told President Barack Obama on Tuesday that the newly announced Iranian nuclear deal poses a great risk to the U.S. as well as to Israel.
“I said that this deal poses a great danger to Israel. I believe it poses a great danger to America and the world,” the Prime Minister said during an interview with NBC’s Lester Holt on Wednesday. “When you let the number one terrorist regime in the world have a short path to the bomb and hundreds of billions of dollars with which to finance its terrorism around the world, that’s not good for any of us.”
When Holt asked if the Israeli leader felt “betrayed” by Obama over the deal, Netanyahu said that Israel and the U.S. have a “real disagreement” on the issue of Iran.
Netanyahu said he believes the deal “empowers” Iran to confront the U.S., and that it is building intercontinental ballistic missiles that could strike beyond Israel, into “every part of the United States.”
“The supreme leader of Iran said just the other day, he says that the battle against the United States will continue even after the deal. For them we’re [Israel] the little Satan, for them, you’re the great Satan,” he added. “And now I think they’re being empowered to conduct that battle. And I think this is bad for us, for you and the world.”
After Holt asked Netanyahu if he plans to lobby Congress to reject the nuclear deal, the premier said he would reiterate his position to “anyone who listens.” He said opposition to the deal spans across Israeli political lines and that both Arabs and Israelis in the Middle East reject it.
“Most of the Arab leaders, whether privately or publicly, think that this is very dangerous to them too,” he continued. “I would advise this: it doesn’t happen very often in history, but when Arabs and Israelis agree, it’s worth paying attention.”
The Israeli leader also called Iran a “zealot country” that is “killing everyone in sight in the Middle East.” When asked if Israel reserves the right to take military action against the Iranian nuclear threat, he said the Jewish state will take “any measures that are necessary” to defend itself.
Netanyahu called the nuclear deal a “big mistake” and told Holt that it was a win-win proposition for Iran.
“The hardliners of Iran scored a tremendous victory because they can have their yellowcake and eat it too,” he said. “They had to choose basically between lifting the sanctions and rolling back, truly rolling back, their nuclear capability and not for a temporary time but forever. They were given both: a relief of the sanctions, keeping their infrastructure, and allowing it to expand within a few years.”
Watch Netanyahu’s interview on NBC below: