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Israel Says Rejects Iran Deal Paving Way for Nuclear Weapons

Israel Says Rejects Iran Deal Paving Way for Nuclear Weapons

Thursday, 8 April, 2021 - 09:00
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech at the Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes Remembrance Day ceremony, at the Yad Vashem memorial in Jerusalem on April 7, 2021. (Photo by Heidi levine / POOL / AFP)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday again drew a parallel between the Holocaust and the threat he says Israel faces from Iran's nuclear weapons program.

Netanyahu insisted Israel would not be bound to a nuclear deal between world powers and Iran if that would enable Tehran to develop nuclear weapons.

He urged world leaders not to renew the agreement with Iran, saying that “history has taught us that deals like this, with extremist regimes like this, are worth nothing.”

Discussions are underway in Vienna aimed at rescuing the 2015 international agreement on Tehran's nuclear program.

"An agreement with Iran that would pave the way for nuclear weapons ... would in no way be binding on us," the prime minister said at Wednesday's Holocaust memorial.

"During the Holocaust, we had neither the capacity to defend ourselves nor the sovereignty to do so," Netanyahu added.

"Today we have a state, a defense force and we have the full and natural right as a sovereign state of the Jewish people to defend ourselves against our enemies."

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