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May 8, 2018 4:07 pm

Israel’s Netanyahu Praises Trump’s ‘Bold’ Withdrawal From Iran Nuclear Deal

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump. Photo by Kobi Gideon / GPO

Israeli leaders warmly welcomed US President Donald Trump’s announcement on Tuesday of America’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal.

“Israel fully supports President Trump’s bold decision today to reject the disastrous nuclear deal with the terrorist regime in Tehran,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a televised statement. “Israel has opposed the nuclear deal from the start because we said that rather than blocking Iran’s path to a bomb, the deal actually paved Iran’s path to an entire arsenal of nuclear bombs, and this within a few years’ time.”

“The removal of sanctions under the deal has already produced disastrous results,” he observed. “The deal didn’t push war further away, it actually brought it closer. The deal didn’t reduce Iran’s aggression, it dramatically increased it, and we see this across the entire Middle East.”

“Since the deal, we’ve seen Iran’s aggression grow every day — in Iraq, in Lebanon, in Yemen, in Gaza, and most of all, in Syria, where Iran is trying to establish military bases from which to attack Israel,” the prime minister said.

Netanyahu added:

Despite the deal, the terrorist regime in Tehran is developing a ballistic missiles capability, ballistic missiles to carry nuclear warheads far and wide, to many parts of the world.

And as we exposed last week, since the deal, Iran intensified its efforts to hide its secret nuclear weapons program.

So if you leave all of this unchanged, all this combined is a recipe for disaster, a disaster for our region, a disaster for the peace of the world.

This is why Israel thinks that President Trump did an historic move and this is why Israel thanks President Trump for his courageous leadership, his commitment to confront the terrorist regime in Tehran and his commitment to ensure that Iran never gets nuclear weapons, not today, not in a decade, not ever.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin also welcomed the announcement, saying in a statement, “The decision made by the president of the United States constitutes an important and significant step in ensuring the security of the State of Israel, the security of the region and the security of the entire free world.”

“Alongside the nuclear threat we do not, for a moment, forget the arms race Iran is leading on our borders, and we follow the developments closely and responsibly in order to protect the security of our citizens,” he continued. “The threat of Iranian consolidation is not a threat to the State of Israel alone, and therefore international pressure is necessary in the struggle against this danger.”

Israeli Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer likewise tweeted:

Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon, in turn, stated, “This is a historic decision that provides the prospect for a new era of security and stability in the Middle East. A united front against this regime that promotes terror and sows instability can put an end to the Iranian aggression which threatens our region and the entire international community.”

Watch Netanyahu’s remarks below:

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