Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Statement by PM Netanyahu on the Lausanne Talks


Yesterday an Iranian general brazenly declared and I quote: 'Israel's destruction is non-negotiable' . But evidently giving Iran's murderous regime a clear path to the bomb is negotiable.

This is unconscionable.

I agree with those who have said that Iran's claim that its nuclear program is only for peaceful purposes doesn't square with Iran's insistence on keeping underground nuclear facilities, advanced centrifuges and a heavy water reactor. Nor does it square with Iran's insistence  on developing ICBMs and its refusal to come clean with the IAEA on its past weaponization efforts. At the same time, Iran is accelerating its campaign of terror, subjugation and conquest throughout the region, most recently in Yemen.

The concessions offered to Iran in Lausanne would ensure a bad deal that would endanger Israel, the Middle East and the peace of the world.

Now is the time for the international community to insist on a better deal. A better deal would significantly roll back Iran's nuclear infrastructure. A better deal would link the eventual lifting of the restrictions of Iran's nuclear program  to  a change in  Iran's behavior.

Iran must stop its aggression in the region, stop its terrorism throughout the  world and stop its threats to annihilate Israel . That should be non-negotiable, and that's the deal that the world powers must insist upon.