Netanyahu to WEF: Iranian nuclear threat trumps global economy

Keeping Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons ranks above the economy in the challenges facing the leaders of the 21st century, Likud leader Binyamin Netanyahu told the World Economic Forum on Thursday. He said the global financial meltdown was reversible but the acquisition of nuclear weapons by a "fanatic radical regime" was not. "We have never had, since the dawn of the nuclear age, nuclear weapons in the hands of such a fanatical regime," he added. The Likud leader also spoke forcefully on the need to lower taxes and increase competitiveness in the Israeli economy if he emerges as prime minister after Febuary 10 elections.