BURNETT: Mr. Prime minister, thank you so much for inviting us and letting us come and see your home.
BENJAMIN NETANYAU, ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER: Well, welcome to
BURNETT: We came here to your courtyard. I know we had to move -- there was a table here earlier, when we got here, there were two coffee cups on it, I guess it was yours and Tony Blair's, when you were talking this morning, but how important is this space for you? This is sort of your -- this is your getaway space, right?
NETANYAHU: No this is my prison courtyard, because the prime minister of
BURNETT: Does it ever feel like you're sort of under house arrest? I mean this --
NETANYAHU: Yes, for good reason, but I suppose so. But it doesn't mean that there aren't an endless number of people who want to get into this prison cell --
BURNETT: Oh I'm sure --
NETANYAHU: -- and live here.
BURNETT: I'm sure there are.
NETANYAHU: Well, I hope it is resolved and I hope it is resolved peacefully. Certainly the international community is putting a lot of pressure on
BURNETT: Do you think that sanctions are working? I mean, I saw a story today that about -- I think it was 56 percent of Iranian -- of
NETANYAHU: Well, they are certainly taking a bite out of the Iranian economy but so far they haven't rolled back the Iranian program or even stopped it by one iota. I mean, I hope that changes, but so far, I can tell you the centrifuges are spinning. They were spinning before the talks began recently with
BURNETT: How do you know what they're doing?
NETANYAHU: Oh, we know.
BURNETT: You know?
NETANYAHU: We know and others know and we share what we know. This is not the case of the questions that people had about Saddam Hussein.
BURNETT: They say that it is for peaceful purposes --
NETANYAHU: They stay it is for peaceful purposes.
BURNETT: They say it is for peaceful purposes. NETANYAHU: Well you have a sense of humor. I mean they said it is for medical isotopes, right? That's why they are developing ICBMs to carry medical isotopes to Europe or
BURNETT: No nations with nuclear weapons have ever gone to war with each other. I mean, take
NETANYAHU: Well, I'm not going to comment on
They've been helping them to murder diplomats worldwide and to kill American soldiers in
BURNETT: One thing it's interesting though and you talk about some of the negative parts about the regime there is a Jewish member of parliament in Tehran and one of the most popular soap operas there, there was a zero degree turn or zero turn, main character, an Iranian falls in love with a Jewish woman. He helps smuggle Jews out of
NETANYAHU: Well I'd draw a distinction between the people of
BURNETT: The regime let the show air though.
NETANYAHU: Well the regime is the one that, you know, has to kill people in the streets and goes into their homes after they cull (ph) the Internet and they just make people disappear. So this is a regime that is very brutal to its own people.
BURNETT: The way the talks seem to be going, U.N. negotiators,
NETANYAHU: Well I think it would be a big mistake --
BURNETT: What do you do -- OK.
NETANYAHU: I think it would be a big mistake to rescind the sanctions or lighten the sanctions. I think there has to be a cascade of sanctions and so far, that's the acid test, the sanctions haven't worked. How do we know that? Because nothing has been stopped. What has stopped in the Iranian program?
BURNETT: What if they halted full enrichment to 20 percent started importing that, would that be enough?
NETANYAHU: I think what they need to do are three things. One, they have to stop all enrichment, second to take the --
BURNETT: All enrichment, even the three percent for medical?
NETANYAHU: Yes. Yes, because they say they need it for what medical isotopes? So you can -- the second point is after you stop all enrichment is remove the enriched material and you will get these rods from another country that can allow you to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. And third, dismantle the underground bunker (INAUDIBLE). If they have no military goals, they should respond to this readily. What we want are factual results. We want to see the Iranian program rolled back. That's, unfortunately, not achieved by talks in which
BURNETT: Do you worry that you are going to put yourself in a position though that you may have to strike, a strike which even former head of the Mossad has said would only delay, not end the Iranian nuclear program? That by staying is not days, it's not -- you are going to end up with a date where if you don't do it, you look like you couldn't or you wouldn't so you have to?
NETANYAHU: I'm not worried what we look like. I am worried about stopping this. And I think there are really three principles that should guide us. They have been echoed by the