Israel’s PM voices his amazement at the indifference to the Ayatollah’s public promise to use newly acquired $billions to reequip ‘their terror machine.’
By Tova Dvorin
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s latest speech mocking the US and declaring “Death to Israel” proves the futility of the Iranian nuclear deal with the West, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu stated at the opening remarks to his weekly Cabinet meeting Sunday.
“If anyone thought that the far-reaching concessions to Iran will change its policy, they received an overwhelmingly aggressive response from the speech from the ruler of Iran, Khamenei, over the weekend,” Netanyahu said.
“The Iranians did not even make an effort to hide the fact that they will take advantage of the hundreds of billions they receive in this agreement to equip their terror machine.”
According to the Prime Minister, the Iranians have said explicitly that they would continue their struggle in the United States and its allies.
“Today Iran is arming terrorist organizations with missiles – tomorrow they will have the ability to arm them and their weapons will be even more dangerous,” he noted. “The agreement that was signed is paving the way for Iran to arm itself with nuclear weapons – either within a decade, if Iran decides to comply with the agreement, and much earlier if it decides to break it, as it is wont to do.”
Netanyahu stressed that ”the alternative we proposed repeatedly to a failed agreement is to continue strengthening sanctions on Iran and conditioning the removal of the restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program only if Iran changes its policies” – referring, perhaps, to US President Barack Obama’s repeated claims that neither Netanyahu nor anyone else has offered him a better alternative.
“As long as the Iranian leadership continues to encourage cries of ‘Death to America’ and ‘Death to Israel’, there is no reason to make concessions to it,” he concluded.
On Saturday, Khamenei gave a particularly inflammatory speech just days after the deal, stating that the Islamic Republic’s policies toward the US have not changed.
“We have repeatedly said we don’t negotiate with the U.S. on regional or international affairs; not even on bilateral issues,” he said. “There are some exceptions like the nuclear program that we negotiated with the Americans to serve our interests.”
“We will never stop supporting our friends in the region and the people of Palestine, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Bahrain and Lebanon,” he continued, referring to the Iranian terror axis in the Middle East. “Even after this deal our policy towards the arrogant U.S. will not change.”
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