Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday.
(photo credit: AMIT SHABAY/POOL)
If the world thinks Islamic State is savage, it should just wait until the Islamic Republic of Iran gets its hands on nuclear weapons, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday.
Netanyahu's warning, made during a tour of the country's cyber park in Beersheba, comes as the nuclear negotiations between the western powers and Iran in Vienna remain deadlocked.
People were skeptical up until a few months ago when Israel said that Islamic State was operating on its borders, “and now we are seeing Islamic State acting with unusual cruelty on both our northern and southern borders,” Netanyahu said.
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After sending condolences to the Egyptian people for the losses sustained in the ISIS attack
there on Tuesday, Netanyahu said that Islamic State's actions are “nothing” compared to the capabilities being built by the Iranian regime.
“Obviously no one thinking with a clear mind would consider giving Islamic State nuclear weapons,” Netanyahu said. “But in the negotiations taking place now with Iran, this extreme state that spreads terrorism around the world is being given the ability to develop a nuclear weapons arsenal with many nuclear bombs, together with the means to deliver them.”
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The world is facing two major threats, he said, the Islamic State threat, and the Iranian threat. “We should not strengthen one at the expense of the other,” he said, “we need to weaken both and prevent the aggression and military buildup of both of them.”