Ne­tanyahu de­mands that Iran nu­clear ac­cord in­clude of­fi­cial recog­ni­tion of Is­rael

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

Prime Min­is­ter Benjamin Ne­tanyahu de­manded Fri­day that any nu­clear agree­ment signed with Iran must en­dorse Is­rael’s right to ex­ist, while also in­sist­ing pres­sure be kept up to en­sure a sound deal is reached.

While call­ing the emerg­ing deal a bad one, he said the choice was not only be­tween a bad deal or war.

“There is a third al­ter­na­tive — stand­ing firm, in­creas­ing the pres­sure on Iran un­til a good deal is achieved,” he said in a state­ment.

And “Is­rael de­mands that any fi­nal agree­ment with Iran will in­clude a clear and un­am­bigu­ous Ira­nian recog­ni­tion of Is­rael’s right to ex­ist.”

His com­ments fol­lowed a spe­cial ses­sion of his pow­er­ful se­cu­rity cabi­net in the wake of Thurs­day’s frame­work agree­ment be­tween the Is­lamic repub­lic and world pow­ers, ham­mered out at marathon talks in Switzer­land.

“The deal would lift sanc­tions al­most im­me­di­ately and this at the very time that Iran is step­ping up its ag­gres­sion and ter­ror in the re­gion and be­yond the re­gion.”

“Such a deal paves Iran’s path to the bomb,” he added.

“And it might very well spark a nu­clear arms race through­out the Mid­dle East and it would greatly in­crease the risks of ter­ri­ble war.”

Is­rael is the Mid­dle East’s sole, al­beit un­ac­knowl­edged, nu­clear power.

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