Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu slammed the international community’s “rush to accommodate” Iran on today, describing an easing of sanctions against the country as dangerous “political theater.”
“There is a rush to accommodate Iran as if it has changed anything in its policies. The Iranian regime, though it smiles, continues to butcher people in Syria and sponsor terrorism,” Netanyahu said after talks with Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta.
While Letta said he was “cautiously hopeful” negotiations to curb Iran’s nuclear program would be successful, Netanyahu restated his firm opposition to an international deal with Israel’s arch-foe.
“Great work has been done over the past decade in putting powerful, binding sanctions on Iran,” Netanyahu told a press briefing.
“These sanctions have been eased, but for what in return? We need substance, we cannot be satisfied with political theatre,” he said.
“We are in danger, peace in Europe and across the globe is in danger. We need real change, a real roll-back, because if Iran continues towards the bomb it will be a pivot of history,” Netanyahu said.
The Israeli PM said he had spoken to Letta — and earlier to Pope Francis — about negotiations for peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
“We want peace, we pray for peace, we are working for peace. We hope we have a partner for peace on the other side,” he said.
“In addition to the political conditions that have to be met, we want to ensure a sound basis of security,” he added. Read more at Channel News Asia.