Netanyahu: Bad deal with Iran could lead to war

PM continues lobbying against interim nuclear deal with Tehran, saying there's no reason to give in to Iran's demands now.

November 13, 2013 18:25
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Prime Minister Netanyahu at a Likud Beytenu faction meeting, November 4, 2013.

Netanyahu looking determined 370. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday that war could result from a bad deal between world powers and Iran over its nuclear program.

Netanyahu has been lobbying against any agreement at talks due to resume in Geneva on November 20 that would fail to strip Iran of nuclear enrichment capabilities. He has urged no let-up in international economic sanctions.

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He has often hinted at possible Israeli military action if diplomacy and sanctions failed to block what he says is Iran's goal of building atomic weapons.

Addressing the Knesset, in a session focusing on housing issues, Netanyahu said continued economic pressure on Iran was the best alternative to two other options, which he described as a bad deal and war.

"I would go so far as to say that a bad deal could lead to the second, undesired option," he said, referring to war.

"Iran is under great economic pressure and the advantage is with those who are pressing," the prime minister said, urging the world not to relent the sanctions regime.

"There is no reason to give in to Iran's demands now, or to be hasty," he added.

There is deep skepticism among security experts abroad and in Israel over whether its military could cause lasting damage on its own to Iran's deeply buried atomic facilities.

Iran says it is pursuing its nuclear program solely for peaceful purposes. staff contributed to this report.

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