Itongadol.- Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu played the "Iran card" Sunday in calling for the country\’s various political parties to join him and form a broad coalition to face Israel\’s massive challenges.
Speaking at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting, Netanyahu referred to last weeks talks between Iran and the P5+1 – the US, Russia, China, France, Germany and Britain – in Kazakhstan, and said the Iranians once again succeeded in buying time.
"My impression from those talks is that the only thing accomplished was to buy time, and this stalling is something Iran intends to do to continue enriching uranium for an atomic bomb," Netanyahu said. "And it is indeed continuing and getting closer to that goal."
US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, who represented the US at the talks, briefed Netanyahu\’s national security advisor Yaacov Amidror late last week on the Kazakhstan negotiations.
"I have to say that our enemies are uniting not only in order to attain a nuclear weapon to be aimed at us, but also in accumulating other deadly weapons," he said, in an apparent reference to Israel\’s concerns that chemical weapons and advanced weapons systems in Syria will fall into the hands of Hezbollah or other terrorist organizations.
"At a time when they are uniting their efforts, we are also called upon to unite forces to fend off those dangers," Netanyahu said. Unfortunately, he added in a reference to the current coalition negotiations, "this is not what is happening. I will continue my efforts in the coming days to try and unite forces to face the major national and international tasks that stand before us."