Netanyahu Reiterates That Jerusalem is Israel’s Capital, Opposition to Nuclear Deal
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated to British Foreign Minister Philip Hammond that the capital of Israel is Jerusalem, though the U.K. embassy may remain in Tel Aviv.
Hammond’s visit to Israel was aimed at addressing the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers announced on Tuesday, and vociferously opposed by Israel.
During a meeting between the two in Jerusalem, Netanyahu addressed comments by Hammond earlier this week that no international deal on Iran’s nuclear program would have been “welcomed in Tel Aviv.”
“The alternative [to the current agreement] is a better deal that would roll back Iran’s military nuclear program and tie the easing of restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program to changes in Iran’s behavior. That’s the kind of deal that would be welcomed in Tel Aviv and here in Israel’s capital, Jerusalem,” said Netanyahu.
The prime minister also expressed his regret over the terrorist attack against British nationals vacationing on a beach in Tunisia earlier this month, and said Israel remained committed to the battle against terrorism, including against ISIS and the “world’s preeminent sponsor of terrorism,” Iran, which Netanyahu warned was on the path to a nuclear bomb as a result of the very deal that was meant to stop just that.
“The deal agreed to in Vienna, I regret to say, paves this terrorist regime’s path to the bomb,” he said.
“See, the Iran deal in Vienna grants Iran not one, but two paths to the bomb. Iran can get to the bomb by cheating and overcoming a porous inspections mechanism, as did North Korea. Or it can get the bomb by keeping the deal, because the deal allows Iran in about a decade to have a much greater number of even faster, more effective centrifuges than they have today. This will enable Iran to have the capacity to produce the enriched uranium for an entire nuclear arsenal with zero breakout time. And 10 years go by in the blink of an eye,” said Netanyahu.