With the latest deadline for a nuclear deal with Iran tomorrow, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that “every day, more concessions are made and every day the deal becomes worse and worse.”
In Vienna, Secretary of State John Kerry and the U.S. negotiating team, including Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, are engaged in marathon 11th-hour talks to try to secure a deal.
Netanyahu spoke before a meeting today with Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias — reminding all that “recently we saw an Iranian-Hezbollah terror cell uncovered in Cyprus that had reportedly five tons of ammonium nitrate in one apartment.”
“That’s roughly the amount that took down the Federal Building in Oklahoma City,” he added. “That’s just one apartment. But this terror network expands to over 30 countries in many continents and we have just received a report of another Iranian terror cell operating in Jordan that was uncovered.”
The prime minister said these are “challenging times also because today we face the possibility that a deal will be signed with Iran, which is the foremost state-sponsor of terrorism in the world.”
“This deal, as far as we can see, comes on almost daily concessions from the P5+1 to growing Iranian demands… I could say that what we see in Vienna is not a breakthrough, but more like a breakdown, a breakdown of the principles that the P5+1 committed itself to uphold in the Lausanne negotiations.”
Netanyahu asserted that a final deal “will pave Iran’s path to a nuclear arsenal.”
“It will give them a jackpot of hundreds of billions of dollars with which to continue to fund their aggression and terror – aggression in the region, terror throughout the world. It’s something that I think we should work against because when you have such a bad deal that resembles more and more the deal with North Korea, the conclusion is simple,” he continued. “It’s been said before by many leaders and I’ll say it again now: Better no deal than this very bad deal. That too affects all our countries. We need to cooperate to seek stability, security, peace and prosperity.”
Last week, Netanyahu warned against the deal at the residence of U.S. Ambassador Dan Shapiro to mark the Fourth of July.
“Iran conducts a campaign of aggression in the region and terrorism worldwide. It seeks to build nuclear weapons to advance its mission to export the Islamic revolution, so they say, around the globe. For the mullahs that rule Tehran, Israel is the small Satan and America is the great Satan. They say, Dan, we are you and you are us. And you know something? On this, they are absolutely right. We stand with America. America stands with us,” Netanyahu said.
“Iran’s quest for a nuclear weapon, Iran’s worldwide campaign of terrorism and aggression must be stopped… We must stand up to all the forces of militant Islam, those led by Iran, those led by ISIS. We should not strengthen one or the other. We should weaken both of them.”