On eve of Iran deal, Netanyahu says Israel reserves right to defend itself

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November 23, 2014 18:30

 
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On the eve of Monday's deadline for an accord between the world powers and Iran over Teheran's nuclear program, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu reiterated that Israel would always reserve the right to defend itself, by itself.

Israel, he said in an interview on ABC's This Week, “will always reserve the right to defend itself against any threat with its own power.”

Netanyahu defined as a “bad deal” any agreement “that would allow Iran to remain with thousands of centrifuges which it could use to enrich uranium, which you need for a nuclear bomb, in a short period of time.”

Netanyahu said the “key principle” is to not dismantle sanctions before Iran's capacity to make a nuclear bomb is dismantled.

“As I understand it,” he said, “the Iranians are nowhere near accepting that. And if, for any reason, the United States and the other powers agree to leave Iran with that capacity to breakout, I think that would be a historic mistake.”

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