Netanyahu, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte 311.
(photo credit: Amos Ben-Gershon/GPO)
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Thursday said that he was putting pressure on European countries to immediately impose an embargo on Iranian oil, and not to delay it until July.
Speaking to reporters during his visit to Holland, Netanyahu also said that Iran has already decided to become a nuclear state. He said that action should be taken before it is too late, and that sanctions on Iran must be intensified.
Netanyahu to thank Dutch in visit to The Hague
A day earlier, Netanyahu called the Iranian
nuclear threat “the issue that most concerns Israel” and said that the
Netherlands and Israel “stand together in opposing Iran’s feverish pursuit of
nuclear weapons while declaring its intention to wipe Israel off the
“Nuclear arms in Iran are a threat to Israel, the region and the
world,” he said in a speech in Amsterdam. “Sanctions should be applied to Iran’s
central bank and its oil exports – and they should be applied now.”
want to thank the Netherlands for its support for strong sanctions on Iran,”
He also reiterated his call to PA President Mahmoud
Abbas to “start negotiations for peace with no preconditions” and lauded the
Dutch Parliament for passing a motion last year calling on the Palestinian
Authority to recognize Israel as the Jewish state. “The persistent [Palestinian]
refusal to accept a Jewish state within any boundaries is the core of the
conflict,” he said.
Netanyahu commended Holland’s wartime record, which
this month became the subject of a heated public debate in the
“The people of the Netherlands can be proud that despite
their small size, they possess the second highest number of Righteous Gentiles
of any country – thousand of righteous who risked their lives and the lives of
their families, their own children to save Jews,” Netanyahu said.Bloomberg contributed to this