Israel\’s foremost challenge, Netanyahu says, is Iran\’s attempts to strengthen its foothold on Israel\’s borders, even as it tries to arm itself with nuclear weapons.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticized the international community on Sunday for continuing its talks with Iran without being troubled by that country\’s support for global terrorism.
At Sunday\’s cabinet meeting just a week before he is scheduled to travel to Washington for his controversial address to Congress, Netanyahu said that the fact that Iran “continues it\’s murderous terror activities around the region and it does not, unfortunately, bother the international community which is continuing to talk with Iran about a nuclear accord that will enable it to to build industrial capabilities to develop nuclear arms.”
Netanyahu\’s comments came as US Secretary of State John Kerry was set to begin talks Sunday in Geneva with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.
Netanyahu said that it was “astonishing” that after the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) published a report last week that said Iran was continuing to hide military elements of its nuclear program, that the talks will continue as regular.
“Not only are they continuing,” Netanyahu said of the talks, “but there is an intensive effort to reach a nuclear agreement in the coming days and weeks.”
The prime minister, still coming under intense criticism for his decision to address Congress on March 3, said that the coming month is critical since a “framework agreement” may be signed in March that would allow Iran to develop nuclear capabilities “that will threaten our existence.”