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Netanyahu Warns Obama on Iran

VOA, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Iran must dismantle its nuclear program and should face tougher sanctions as it negotiates with the West.

Netanyahu made the comments after meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama in White House talks Monday. Obama said world powers will negotiate with Iran in a "clear-eyed" manner and will consult Israel closely.

Netanyahu's visit comes three days after Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani conducted the highest-level contact between the countries in more than three decades.

That telephone call fueled hopes for a resolution of Iran's decade-old nuclear standoff with the West.

Iran has long insisted its nuclear program is peaceful. The U.S. and many of its allies disagree and have helped impose several rounds of sanctions that have battered Iran's economy.

Netanyahu is deeply concerned about eased tensions between Iran and the international community, saying Tehran is using talks to try to lessen the crippling sanctions and to buy more time to build a nuclear weapon.

Many Israelis agree.



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President Peres meets with the president and judges of the ICJ: " The Iranian nuclear threat is not just an Israeli problem but for the whole world which doesn't want to be threatened by one country."

President Peres: “The only way to test Iran's intentions is by deeds and not just words. "

President Shimon Peres visited the International Court of Justice in The Hague and held a rare meeting with the judges of the court including President Peter Tomka. President Peres began the meeting by stressing the importance which Israel attaches to international law, Israel's constant struggle against terrorism and the countries which finance it and the importance the ICJ has in solving disputes between states. President Peres said, in the clearest way possible regarding Israel's fight against terror, that "IDF soldiers hold morality and justice as their highest values – the IDF is committed to defense and peace while securing human rights and maintaining international law."
President Peres updated the judges about the status of the negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians and said: "The negotiations with the Palestinians opened not long ago and we hope that they will bear fruit for the two sides who want to live side by side in peace and security. Completing the negotiations is of the utmost importance – it is perhaps the last and most significant conflict between us and the Arab world."
President Peres discussed with the judges the difficulties faced by Israel's citizens who live under the threat of terror and his personal experience of dealing with terrorism as Prime Minister after the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin: "Peace exacts a heavy price but it remains the desire of the people of Israel. I stood with the citizens of Israel in the streets after the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin – as an Israeli I was under a tremendous wave of brutal terror attacks during which buses exploded in the streets and children were murdered in shopping centers. In the years which followed, after the painful and difficult disengagement from the Gaza Strip during which Israel removed families from their homes, rockets were fired at innocent civilians. Mothers and children slept for long periods of time in bomb shelters." The President added that "Israel underwent seven wars but we never stopped our search for peace with our neighbors. Never did a day of war postpone a day of democracy. Never did wars justify injustice."
ICJ President Tomka told President Peres: "We are honored by your presence. Peace can be based on justice and solid legal foundations, whenever we solve disputes between sovereign states we always emphasize that the most efficient way is through negotiations. We wish your people peace and justice in a safe and secure environment with peace with your neighbors"
In the press conference which followed the meeting, President Peres addressed the speech by the President of Iran at the United Nations and said: "Rouhani's speech was nice but it was based on a false reality as Iranian centrifuges, at this very moment, continue to work and produce enriched uranium for a nuclear bomb, the program to develop long range missiles which can carry nuclear warheads is being expanded and the Revolutionary Guards continue to support terror organizations. We listen to the speeches at the United Nations, but the only way to test Iran's intentions is by deeds and not just words. The Iranian nuclear threat is not just an Israeli problem but for the whole world which doesn't want to be threatened by one country."

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Iranian intelligence agent arrested in Israel

Israel, The man, Ali Mansouri, allegedly was sent to Israel by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and entered Israel with Belgian identity. He was arrested on September 11, 2013 in a joint Shin Bet and police while trying to leave the country via Ben Gurion Airport.

In his possession were found, among other things, photographs of the U.S. Embassy in Israel. Shin Bet investigation revealed that Iran, Ali Mansur, was recruited by force al - Quds - special operations unit of the Revolutionary Guards, which is the organization that is responsible for many terrorist attacks around the world. In his investigation he described the process of his recruitment and handling by Iranian intelligence officials.

From the interrogation it became clear that the man was recruited by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and was sent to Israel while he was using a false identity as a businessman who wants to set up Israel business firms that they could serve as a basis for special operations forces of the Iranian government against the Israeli and Western interests. His operators have committed to him that he will get a million dollars for completion the task. Sources familiar with the details of the investigation said that immediately after his arrest that a message was delivered to the Belgian.

The investigation revealed that behind his training and the intelligence-gathering operation stands Al – Quds which the priority objective of the unit is to carry out attacks against Israel. In recent years force al - Quds tried to carry out attacks against Israeli targets in cooperation with Hezbollah as a retaliation for the killing Iranian scientists.

According to security sources, Iran tried also to use the suspect in its efforts to circumvent the embargo in trade and the money transfers.

The investigation also revealed that the detainee entered Israel three times, using the Belgian identity. He tried to develop business contacts and sign contracts with businesses in Tel Aviv and was arrested by the National Security Agency and International Investigations Unit (YAHBAL) of the police, as he was about to get on a Israel to Europe. The suspicion, based on the Shin Bet by the physical evidence, reveals that the purpose of Mansouri was the establishment of commercial companies, as a cover for extensive intelligence activity and terrorist activity by the Iran.

Mansouri was born in Iran and lived there with his family until 1980, then moved to Turkey, where he engaged in business. In 1997 he received a visa that allowed him to live in Belgium due to business activity. In 2006 he also received Belgian citizenship after marrying a Belgian citizen, divorced later. The same year he changed his name to Alex Manes to obscure the identity of Iran.
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Russian Foreign Minister urges cooperation, collective action in Middle East

UN, There is an urgent need to agree upon collective responses to the key issues of today, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at the United Nations General Assembly. 
“All the recent history testified that no State – no matter how big or powerful – can cope alone with the challenges of the scope faced by mankind today,” Mr. Lavrov said addressing other high-level officials at the 68th General Assembly debate underway in New York.
The Foreign Minister noted that while leadership was required, it must be collective leadership based on the agreed upon actions of the leading members of the international community with strict respect for the principles and norms of international law.
Turning to the situation in Syria, which is scheduled to be discussed this evening in the Security Council by Mr. Lavrov and the other members of the Council, the Foreign Minister stressed that a political settlement is “virtually the only possibility today to put an end to this turmoil.”
He said that Russia is working energetically for the earliest convening of an international peace conference, with participation of the United States, based on tenets of the Geneva communiqué of 30 June 2012.
He recalled that a “common argument” is, increasingly, that the threat or use of force – a means Mr. Lavrov stressed is ‘directly prohibited by the UN Charter – is the perhaps the most effective method to address international problems, including domestic conflict. However, such use of force in recent years, he said, has proved to be “ineffective, meaningless and destructive.”
Highlighting Damascus’s decision to join the Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and moving forward on plans to have its chemical arsenal put under international control and eliminated, Mr. Lavrov voiced his support for a conference on establishing a zone free of weapons of mass destructive and means of their delivery in the Middle East.
On the peace efforts between Israelis and Palestinians, the diplomatic Quartet – comprising the UN, European Union, Russia and the US – is due to meet this afternoon, he said.
“We believe it is necessary to intensify the activity of the Quartet,” Mr. Lavrov said, urging closer involvement of the Arab countries in the Quartet activities.
Mr. Lavrov also spoke about the Iranian nuclear programme and the Korean Peninsula, as well as terrorism and drug trafficking which will be prioritized during Russia’s presidency of the G8 in 2014.



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PM Netanyahu: What the past few days have shown is that if diplomacy has any chance to work, it must be coupled with a credible military threat. What is true of Syria is true of Iran, and vice versa.

Following are Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's remarks at the conclusion of his meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry:
"We have been closely following – and support – your ongoing efforts to rid Syria of its chemical weapons. The Syrian regime must be stripped of all its chemical weapons, and that would make our entire region a lot safer.
The world needs to ensure that radical regimes don't have weapons of mass destruction because as we've learned once again in Syria, if rogue regimes have weapons of mass destruction, they will use them. The determination the international community shows regarding Syria will have a direct impact on the Syrian regime's patron, Iran. Iran must understand the consequences of its continual defiance of the international community, by its pursuit towards nuclear weapons.
What the past few days have shown is something that I have been saying for quite some time, that if diplomacy has any chance to work, it must be coupled with a credible military threat. What is true of Syria is true of Iran, and, by the way, vice versa.
John, I appreciate the opportunity we've had to discuss at some length our quest for peace with the Palestinians and the ongoing talks. We both know that this road is not an easy one, but we have embarked on this effort with you in order to succeed, to bring about a historic reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians that ends the conflict once and for all."

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Iran: President’s decision to hand over nuclear negotiations to Foreign Ministry raises expectations for progress in talks

ITIC, President Rowhani’s decision to hand over responsibility for the nuclear negotiations from the Supreme National Security Council to the Foreign Ministry has been met with positive reactions from Iran’s media, particularly from the president’s supporters in the political center and the reformist camp. Commentaries published in the Iranian media in recent days have expressed support for the decision, estimating that it will help promote the negotiations with the West, improve the nuclear decision-making process, provide the president with a more effective way of overseeing the negotiations, and allow for greater transparency in the negotiating process.
The reactions of Iranian internet users on news websites and social networks to the government’s decision have been similarly positive, reflecting the Iranian public’s expectations for progress in the negotiations with the West that will eventually result in the sanctions being lifted and lead to an improvement in their economic situation. Some of the reactions, however, reflect a recognition of the president’s limited power when it comes to effecting a strategic change in the nuclear policy, largely determined by the Supreme Leader.

This weekend, after several weeks of speculations, the Office of the President of Iran formally announced that the Foreign Ministry will take over the nuclear dossier from the Supreme National Security Council. The decision to move the nuclear dossier to the Foreign Ministry, headed by Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, reflects the efforts made by Iran’s newly elected president to expand his government’s influence in directing the nuclear policy and create better coordination between the government and the nuclear negotiating team in steering the talks between Iran and the West.
In an interview given to the Mehrnameh periodical in May 2012 following the release of his book National Security and Nuclear Diplomacy, Rowhani discussed the need to improve the coordination between the government and the nuclear negotiating team. He argued that while the principles of the nuclear policy are set by the Supreme Leader, the government has an important role in directing the policy. Rowhani stressed that, even though the Supreme Leader is the one responsible for making decisions on the nuclear issue, the negotiating team has to be in tune with the government, since the negotiations have consequences with which the government needs to deal.
Seyyed Hossein Naqavi Hosseini, a member of the Majles Foreign Policy and National Security Committee, clarified this week that shifting the responsibility for the nuclear talks to the Foreign Ministry does not mean handing over the nuclear dossier from the Supreme National Security Council to the Foreign Ministry. He said that the council will remain in charge of the nuclear dossier and the nuclear decision-making process, while the Foreign Ministry will be in charge of implementing those decisions and negotiating within the framework of the decisions made by the council. Hosseini said that transferring the responsibility for managing the negotiations to the Foreign Ministry is intended to let Iran speak with a single voice on its foreign policy when addressing the international community.
Reactions in the Iranian media to the government’s decision
The decision to hand over the nuclear negotiations from the Supreme National Security Council to the Foreign Ministry has been met with positive reactions from Iran’s media, particularly from the president’s supporters in the political center and the reformist camp. Iranian Diplomacy, a website affiliated with pragmatic diplomatic elements, published a commentary this weekend to express its support for the move. The article said that the president’s decision is not just administrative, but one that could have a positive impact on pushing forward the nuclear negotiations with the West.
The implementation of foreign policy decisions has to be handed over to individuals well familiar with the international political climate, the article said. Even though the main reason why previous rounds of talks failed lies with the conduct of the West, Iran is partly to blame as well as it did not negotiate properly. The Foreign Ministry has considerable negotiating experience, and it can therefore do a better job of negotiating on Iran’s nuclear program. Compared to the Supreme National Security Council, the Foreign Ministry is also better equipped to make and implement foreign policy decisions. Foreign Minister Zarif in particular is a highly skilled, experienced diplomat who enjoys the trust of the country’s decision-makers. Accordingly, he will be able to fulfill the responsibility he has been entrusted with in a way that will lead to a better understanding with the West. Shifting the responsibility to the Foreign Ministry will also facilitate a more consolidated nuclear decision-making process and provide the president with a greater ability to oversee the talks with the West. This in turn will allow the president to comply with the demands of the public, who in the last election expressed their desire for a change in the nuclear policy.
Transferring the nuclear dossier to the Foreign Ministry is also a message to the West that Iran has transformed the very nature of the nuclear dossier from military to political. It is a signal to the West stating that Iran is interested in negotiations based on a formula whose underlying principle is a win-win situation. The Iranian Diplomacy website stressed, however, that shifting the responsibility for the negotiations to the Foreign Ministry is not an indication that Iran intends to give up on its legal rights or that the nuclear issue can be resolved very quickly. Solving the problem requires political will from the negotiating parties, since without it even the best diplomats will be unable to make progress towards a solution (www.irdiplomacy.ir/fa/page/1921026).
The reformist daily Shargh also expressed support for the decision to transfer the responsibility for the nuclear negotiations to the Foreign Ministry. A commentary by Prof. Sadeq Zibakalam, a political commentator at the Tehran University, said that the government’s decision is an important, crucial move after years of negotiations that have yielded no results.
Zibakalam, identified with Iran’s political center, noted that the negative impact that the sanctions have had on the Iranian economy for the past decade can no longer be denied, especially in the last two years. Even those who rightly claim that economic mismanagement has contributed to the economic crisis are aware of the sanctions’ negative influence. The failed negotiations have led not only to sanctions but also hit Iran’s diplomacy and ties with the West and other countries. Iran’s national interest is for the regime to become free of the limitations imposed on it by the nuclear issue and that have affected the country for the past decade.
The political commentator stressed that handing over the nuclear dossier to the Foreign Ministry will not necessarily lead to an immediate solution of the nuclear crisis. He noted, however, that it will be seen in the West as a positive step, showing that the new government in Tehran has embarked on a different path and lending credence to Iran’s claim about the nuclear program not being intended for military purposes. While the Supreme National Security Council is a defense body, the Foreign Ministry is a diplomatic one, and the nuclear negotiations should be managed from a diplomatic, not defense perspective. Just as Western countries view the nuclear negotiations from a diplomatic perspective and have not appointed generals or top military officials to do the negotiating, Iran, too, has to entrust the negotiations to diplomats.
Zibakalam pointed out another positive change that will be made possible thanks to handing over the nuclear negotiations to the Foreign Ministry. The meaning of the government’s decision is that, from now on, the political and intellectual elites, journalists, Majles members, and media can be freer to express their opinion on the nuclear program, and even criticize both the program and the diplomatic conduct on the issue. As long as the nuclear negotiations were managed by the secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, no criticism was possible on that important issue, to the detriment of national interests. It’s unreasonable, Zibakalam argued, that, the issue being one of the most important for Iran, there was no climate conducive to a free debate, and that it wasn’t until the debates shown on television on the eve of the elections that the candidates first criticized the way that the negotiations were held (sharghdaily.ir/?News_Id=19587).
Ali Khorram, Iran’s former representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency, also expressed his support for the decision to hand over the negotiations to the Foreign Ministry. In a commentary published by the daily Shargh, Khorram said that foreign policy management requires diplomatic skills and expertise, and that these are concentrated in the hands of the Foreign Ministry.
According to Khorram, the nuclear dossier and nuclear talks have been handed over to the Foreign Ministry just when the new regime is adopting a more reasonable and moderate approach, which will make it possible to negotiate more successfully and in a way that will benefit Iran’s national interests. After years of conduct that led to a dead-end and anti-Iranian resolutions in the international scene, the Iranian public expects the negotiations to be run transparently by professional experts, in accordance with national interests and with care taken not to provoke tensions in the international scene (sharghdaily.ir/?News_Id=19590).
Reactions by internet users on news websites and social networks
The reactions of Iranian internet users on news websites and social networks to the government’s decision have been similarly positive. Most internet users expressed their satisfaction with the decision and their hope that it will facilitate a quick solution to the nuclear crisis vis-à-vis the West, which will eventually result in the sanctions being lifted and lead to an improvement in their economic situation.
A number of internet users estimated that the government’s decision will allow it to improve its control of the negotiations and bring about a more reasonable and moderate stance in managing the talks. Many of them were particularly satisfied with the exclusion of Sa’id Jalili, secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, from the nuclear negotiations and accused him of responsibility for the failure of the negotiations with the West and for the sanctions imposed on Iran during the Ahmadinejad administration. Many internet users had praise for the new foreign minister and noted that Zarif is a qualified, experienced diplomat who can successfully steer the nuclear negotiations, improve Iran’s status, and promote its ties with the West.
However, while some expressed support for the government’s decision, expecting progress in the negotiations now that that the responsibility for managing them has been shifted to the Foreign Ministry, other internet users remained skeptical about the meaning of the decision. Some of them said that, in any case, the nuclear policy is determined by the Supreme Leader. An internet user wrote on the Facebook page used by President Rowhani that, since the foreign and domestic policy in Iran is decided by the Supreme Leader, there will be no real change even if the nuclear dossier is entrusted to the Ministry of Islamic Guidance. Rowhani’s election for president, he said, can lead to a certain change only in the economic policy. Other internet users said that progress in the negotiations requires an overall change in Iran’s positions, and that the success of the talks depends on the position of the negotiators, not on their identity.

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Spotlight on Iran - Support for Syria comes to Facebook :supporters of Iran’s military involvement in Syria increase their social network presence

ITIC, In the past several months, elements affiliated with the Iranian regime have considerably stepped up their Facebook activity in a public relations move to spread a message of support for the Iranian military involvement in Syria.
The activity is gathering momentum as more and more reports are being released by Iranian media on the broad support of the Qods Force-led Revolutionary Guards for the Syrian regime and on Revolutionary Guards fighters killed in battles with the rebel forces in Syria. Those fighters are usually referred to as “defenders of Zainab’s Mosque”, referring to a mosque situated in a southern suburb of Damascus which in Shi’ite tradition is the final resting place of Imam Ali’s daughter.
As of this writing, there are approximately ten active Facebook pages dedicated to the fighting in Syria from the perspective of the Iranian fighters taking part in it. The content posted on the social network includes:


1. Reports on the fighting between the Syrian regime and its allies from Iran and Arab countries on one hand and the rebels on the other, with an emphasis on the achievements made by the regime and its supporters.
2. Anti-rebel PR content focusing on the rebels’ involvement in terrorist activities against civilians.
3. PR content that includes press reports and cartoons against countries allegedly supporting the rebels, mainly the United States, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Israel.
4. Details on commanders fighting for the rebel army.
5. Reports (mostly photographs) on fighters from Iran, Hezbollah, and Arab countries involved in the fighting against the rebels.
6. Extensive reports on losses incurred by fighters from Iran, Hezbollah, and Arab countries fighting alongside the Syrian regime in combat with the rebels. The reports include information on the fighters’ death circumstances, eulogies, and details on their funeral ceremonies.
7. Religious Islamic content accompanied by photographs of Zainab’s Mosque in Damascus and Shi’ite-oriented encouragement for the fighters.
In addition to the activity of the supporters of the Iranian involvement in Syria, its critics, too, maintain a presence on the social network, albeit on a smaller scale. The focus of their activity is a Facebook page titled “Solidarity with the Syrian people: Iranians support the Syrian popular revolution” (www.facebook.com/Iran.Syria), which contains reports on the Syrian regime’s activity against the rebels that emphasize its use of chemical weapons and the casualties sustained by innocent civilians, as well as reports on the achievements made by the rebels in their fight against the regime.
The dissemination of content dedicated to the fighting in Syria by Iranian elements fits into the growing cyberspace presence of regime supporters. In recent years, activists of the Revolutionary Guards’ Basij force known as “soft war soldiers” have created hundreds of websites, blogs, and Facebook pages with the objective of spreading online content that reflects the views of the regime.
The extensive public relations activity on the social network in support of the Iranian military involvement in Syria may be indicative of a deliberate policy pursued by the Iranian regime and the Revolutionary Guards to get Iranian public opinion support for the ongoing fighting in Syria and curb any possible criticism that might be provoked by the increasing reports on the losses suffered by the Iranian forces sent to fight alongside the Syrian regime. It is not inconceivable that the increased scope of the PR effort on the military involvement in Syria since July 2013 also reflects concerns harbored by the Revolutionary Guards over a possible change in the policy of the new Rowhani-led administration with regard to such involvement.

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PM Netanyahu meets with French FM Fabius

For too long people believed that the root cause of instability in the Middle East was the Palestinian-Israeli problem. It is not the root cause; it’s one of its results of the regional turmoil. If we have peace with the Palestinians, the centrifuges will not stop spinning in Iran, the turmoil will not stop in Syria, the instability in North Africa will not cease, the attacks on the West will not cease.


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and said at the start of the meeting:

"I know that France shares our interest in the ongoing events in Syria that are tragic. I think what is going on there is a crime committed by the Syrian regime against its own people. It’s truly shocking. And these atrocities must stop.

I have to say, however, that Assad’s regime is not acting alone. Iran, and Iran's proxy, Hezbollah, are there on the ground playing an active role assisting Syria.

In fact, Assad's regime has become a full Iranian client and Syria has become Iran's testing ground. Now the whole world is watching. Iran is watching and it wants to see what would be the reaction on the use of chemical weapons.

What we see in Syria is how extremist regimes have no reservations whatsoever about using these weapons even when they use it against innocent civilians, against their own people. This demonstrates, yet again, that we simply cannot allow the world's most dangerous regimes to acquire the world's most dangerous weapons. In the end, the extremists use these weapons. So we must prevent them from having these weapons.

I speak here of course in the context of Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons. Iran must not be allowed to get nuclear weapons. What is happening in Syria, simply demonstrates what will happen if Iran gets even deadlier weapons.

I think the situation in Syria also exposes another truth, and that is that there is something very deep and very broad in the turmoil in the Middle East. We see the entire region from Morocco to Afghanistan in turmoil, in convulsion, in instability. And that’s an endemic instability that is not rooted in this or that conflict but in the rejection of modernity, in the rejection of moderation, in the rejection of progress, in the rejection of political solutions.

This is in fact the core of the problem in the Middle East. It’s something that threatens everyone, threatens moderate regimes, threatens Israel, threatens the West and threatens all those who don’t believe in the doctrinaire dogmas that guide the extremists.

I say that because for too long people believed that the root cause of this instability in the Middle East was the Palestinian-Israeli problem. It is not the root cause; it’s one of its results. It’s one of the results of the regional turmoil, and in fact it is merely a manifestation of one of its many problems.

If we have peace with the Palestinians, the centrifuges will not stop spinning in Iran, the turmoil will not stop in Syria, the instability in North Africa will not cease, the attacks on the West will not cease.

We want peace for its own sake. We want peace because we want peace with our Palestinian neighbors, because we want to live in peace, and anybody who’s been at war know the consequences of not having peace. But this will not put an end to the region’s problems. They are far too deep, they are far too many, they require much more complex solutions, but they require solutions.

This is something that I would like to talk to you, about all these things: our pursuit of peace with the Palestinians, the situation in Syria, the rampant instability in the region and above all, a goal we share closely – that is how to make sure that Iran does not acquire nuclear weapons. All these and many others, I’m sure we’ll have an opportunity to discuss so welcome to Jerusalem."
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Netanyahu: Iranian quest toward atomic weapons accelerated

Iran is determined to get the bomb and we must be even more determined to prevent them from getting it.
Iran's quest towards the achievement of atomic weapons not only continues, it's actually accelerated. Iran is determined to get the bomb and we must be even more determined to prevent them from getting it. 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with a delegation of pro-Israel activists headed by US Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI).

At the start of the meeting the Prime Minister said: "I know that some place their hopes on Iran's new president. He knows how to exploit this and yesterday he called for more talks. Of course he wants more talks. He wants to talk and talk and talk. And while everybody is busy talking to him, he'll be busy enriching uranium. The centrifuges will keep on spinning.

This isn't a secret. The new Iranian president boasts that that is his strategy. He says, 'I talk and I smile and I enrich uranium'. This is unfortunately going on as we speak.

Iran's work and quest towards the achievement of atomic weapons not only continues, it continues unabated - it's actually accelerated. And they're also pursuing, as was recently reported, an alternative route to the enrichment of uranium, which is the plutogenic, the plutonium route, simultaneously. So the situation unhappily is not getting any better; it's actually getting worse. Iran is determined to get the bomb and we must be even more determined to prevent them from getting it."
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Israel Headlines - PM Netanyahu on remarks by Iranian President Rouhani

"These remarks by President Rouhani must rouse the world from the illusion that part of it has been caught up in since the Iranian elections."


The President has changed but the goal of the regime has not: To achieve nuclear weapons in order to threaten Israel, the Middle East and the peace and security of the entire world.


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani remarks in which he was cited as saying that Israel "has been a wound on the body of the Islamic world for years and should be removed."

"Rouhani's true face has been revealed earlier than expected. Even if they will now rush to deny his remarks, this is what the man thinks and this is the plan of the Iranian regime. These remarks by President Rouhani must rouse the world from the illusion that part of it has been caught up in since the Iranian elections. The President there has changed but the goal of the regime has not: To achieve nuclear weapons in order to threaten Israel, the Middle East and the peace and security of the entire world. A country that threatens the destruction of the State of Israel must not be allowed to possess weapons of mass destruction," the Prime Minister said.



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