Netanyahu: Only strong position on Iran ‘would avert war’

Introduction — Sept 13, 2017

The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is once again warning about a nuclear armed Iran. In less than ten years it will be able to produce nuclear weapons on an “industrial scale”, he claims.
However as dire as this may sound, Netanyahu’s prediction needs to be seen in context. Because this is not the first time he has made such warnings. He was actually making similar prophecies more than twenty years ago, as we outline following this extract, all of which have yet to be fulfilled.

Netanyahu Only strong position on Iran ‘would avert war’

Oren Liebermann and Jose Levy — CNN Sept 13, 2017

Netanyahu appearing before the UN General Assembly in 2012 to warn of the threat posed by Iran. Since then we've seen no hard evidence of Iran's nuclear weapons drive, although we've heard plenty more allegations. Click to enlarge

Netanyahu appearing before the UN General Assembly in 2012 to warn of the threat posed by Iran. Click to enlarge

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned of Iran’s nuclear ambitions and growing presence in the Middle East in an exclusive interview with CNN en Español.

“Everybody is on their target list sooner or later, but we are first on their target list,” Netanyahu told CNN’s Jose Levy in a preview of what is likely to be his speech at the United Nations General Assembly next week.

“They say openly, ‘We are going to destroy the state of Israel.'”

Netanyahu is urging the signatories of the Iran nuclear deal — officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA — to reconsider.

“War is coming because of a soft position on Iran, and a stronger position on Iran would avert war,” he said.

“In 8 to 10 years, according to the agreement, Iran will be able to enrich uranium on an industrial scale. That means that they can make not one bomb, but an arsenal of bombs. This agreement should be changed. It should be changed so that the removal of restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program should be not a matter of the change of the calendar, but a change in Iran’s aggressive behavior.”

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Comment — Sept 13, 2017

Netanyahu’s warning about Iran’s nuclear ambitions needs to be seen light of earlier warnings he’s made about the Islamic Republic.
In 1996 Netanyahu told a joint session of the U.S. Congress:
“If Iran were to acquire nuclear weapons, this could presage catastrophic consequences, not only for my country, and not only for the Middle East, but for all mankind the deadline for attaining this goal is getting extremely close.”
Nor was that the first time Netanyahu made such warnings. In his 1995 book “Fighting Terrorism” he warned that Iran was “three to five years” from developing nuclear weapons.
Having been wrong hasn’t stopped Netanyahu from repeating himself about the dangers posed by a nuclear Iran however.
According to a 2009 U.S. State Department diplomatic cable released by Wikileaks, the then-prime ministerial candidate Netanyahu told a visiting Congressional delegation that Iran was “probably one or two years away” from developing nuclear weapons.
That was eight years ago and like Netanyahu’s earlier predictions it has still to materialise.
So the question is how will Trump respond to Netanyahu’s continued refrain? Will he heed Bibi’s badgering? Or will he see it in light of the numerous times Netanyahu has sounded the very same alarm? Ed.

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