PM: Imagine what Iran would do if it had nuclear weapons

By JPOST.COM STAFF, GIL STERN STERN SHEFLER
October 22, 2010 16:12

Netanyahu speaks at conference of Jewish leaders, emphasizing the gravity of the Iranian threat to Israel and the need for Palestinian recognition of Israel as a Jewish State as well as defensible borders.

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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Friday spoke of the threat Iran posed towards Israel in a speech to the Conference on the Future of the Jewish People organized by the Jewish People Policy Institute at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.

"We have a state in the East that expending every effort to develop nuclear weapons in order to destroy us," said Netanyahu. He continued during his speech to say, "Today, the influence [of the Islamic Regime] is found in Gaza, Lebanon, Afghanistan, South America and Africa. This is what it has achieved without nuclear weapons, imagine for yourselves what it would do if it had nuclear weapons." "The international community must ensure that this type of weapon does not fall into Iranian hands," Netanyahu added.

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The prime minister also expressed the hope that relations with Turkey would improve at some point in the future.  

Netanyahu also discussed the stalled peace talks with the Palestinians at the event. "We left Gaza and the they fired upon us 12,000 rockets. Therefore, my conclusions are: First, that are partners must recognize Israel as the Jewish national home and that they themselves are ready for peace. Second, the only peace that will hold is a peace that is possible to defend. We must achieve security arrangements in the peace agreement in order that will it will be sustainable.

Earlier on Thursday, Diaspora and Israeli leaders gathered at the capital’s Mount Zion Hotel for the second day of the Jewish People Policy Institute’s annual conference to hear among others, Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon talk about threats to the Jewish State and people.

With the peace talks having reached an impasse almost immediately after they restarted and a controversial conversion bill on hold, the most widely debated issue at the conference on the second day was the increasing delegitimization of Israel.

“The front line of our struggle in the international arena is the struggle against delegitimization of Israel. Enemies who have been unable to subjugate us militarily, economically or by terrorism are trying to do this with unfounded slander and delegitimization of Israel internationally,” Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon said during a panel discussion on the subject.


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