|Israeli Prime Minister Urges Firmness on Iran Nuclear Weapons Program|
October 1, 2013 – New York – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu eloquently
urged the international community today to maintain the pressure on Iran until
it dismantles its nuclear weapons program.
“The only way to peacefully prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons is to
combine tough sanctions with a credible military threat,” said Netanyahu in his
address to the UN General Assembly. He maintained that “the only diplomatic
solution that would work is one that fully dismantles Iran’s nuclear weapons
program and prevents it from having one in the future.”
AJC Executive Director David Harris praised the Israeli leader’s speech.
“Prime Minister Netanyahu delivered
today a compelling clarion call for the entire world about Iran,” said Harris.
“The stakes are very high, with no room for wishful or illusory thinking about
Iran’s intentions. No one seeks confrontation for confrontation’s sake. But until
the Iranian regime comes clean on its nuclear program and fully cooperates with
the international community, maximum pressure is absolutely necessary.
History’s lessons on this score could not be clearer.”
Netanyahu cautioned the international community not to be fooled by the
new Iranian government’s facade of moderation and apparent willingness to
compromise on its nuclear ambitions in return for easing of economic sanctions.
“I wish I could believe it, but I don’t,” he said.
He argued that the current Iranian “charm offensive,” mounted to convince the
world to drop the increasingly effective economic sanctions, was a ruse
intended to allow Iran to continue its nuclear program, much as North Korea
fooled the international community into allowing it to develop the bomb.
“Israel will never acquiesce to nuclear arms in the hands of a rogue
regime that repeatedly promises to wipe us off the map,” said Netanyahu. “If
Israel is forced to stand alone, Israel will stand alone. Yet, in standing
alone, Israel will know that we are defending many, many others.”
“The last century has taught us that when a radical regime with global
ambitions gets awesome power, sooner or later its appetite for aggression knows
no bounds,” said Netanyahu. “The world may have forgotten” this central lesson
of the 20th century, but “the Jewish people have not.”