Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu 311 (R).
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Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Wednesday called on the international
community to stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons following a report
by the UN nuclear watchdog that said Tehran appears to have worked on
designing an atomic bomb.
"The significance of the report is that
the international community must bring about the cessation of Iran's
pursuit of nuclear weapons, which endanger the peace of the world and of
the Middle East," the Prime Minister's Office said in a statement.
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"The IAEA report corroborates the position of the international community, and of Israel, that Iran is developing nuclear weapons," the statement added.
on Wednesday, opposition leader Tzipi Livni embarked on a media
campaign in an effort to convince the international community to take
action against Iran's nuclear program. Speaking with The Jerusalem Post
and nine different foreign media outlets, Livni called the Iranian issue, "not political."
“Today, the whole world faces an important test: Will they understand
that Iran is a threat that must be taken care of?” Livni told the Post
The Kadima leader explained that Iran is not a political issue.
is not something that a particular prime minister is advocating,” she
said. “This isn’t an effort for just one side. We must try to bring a
strong international decision.”
Livni's media campaign is focusing
specifically on Russia and China, in hopes of convincing the two key
countries to intensify their opposition to Tehran in the UN Security
“The report revealed a truth that Israel has been
saying for years: Iran is in a nuclear arms race, and Iran must be
stopped,” she said in interviews with Russian national television and
radio, as well as China’s official news agency.
“Until now, China and Russia avoided dramatic sanctions for economic reasons,” Livni explained to the Post.
“In the past, I tried to convince them, but the answer I received is that there is no proof.”
“Now there is proof that this isn’t a Zionist plot,” she added.
far as China’s claim that the IAEA report doesn’t offer sufficient
proof to act against Iran, Livni said “whoever is looking for an excuse
can find it, but this is a serious report. They can’t argue with it.”
interviews with Chinese and Russian media, as well as the BBC, AP,
Reuters, CNN, Moscow Television and Sky News, Livni explained that
“Tehran’s behavior is a problem for the entire free world. It is time to
“Iran is not only an Israeli problem; it never was. It is a
problem for the whole world, and if Tehran will reach its goals, the
whole world will pay the price,” she said.
“World leaders must
work together and take action,” Livni added. “Make the obvious
conclusions from this report. You cannot claim that you don’t have
“Iran must be stopped. The time to act is now. There is no longer a dilemma on this issue,” she said.
Wednesday, Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee chairman Shaul
Mofaz (Kadima) called the IAEA report “an opportunity for the free
world to take action.”
Speaking from the US, Mofaz told Army
Radio that he thinks “the time has come to intensify sanctions and
paralyze the Iranian economy.”
“The report exposed the true face of Iran and its intentions,” the
Kadima MK said. “Anyone who thinks he’s immune [to the Iranian threat]
is making a mistake.”
Mofaz, who was born in Tehran and moved to Israel at age 9, explained
that Iran’s missile range could reach most European capitals, and will
bring “a balance of terror in the Middle East.”
He contended that “military action of any kind, particularly from
Israel, is the last and worst course of action at this time, but all
options must be on the table and ready.”
“We will not accept a nuclear Iran,” Mofaz said.