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Benjamin Netanyahu: Trump Realizes Iran Deal 'Paves the Way' for Nukes

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By    |   Friday, 21 Apr 2017 11:00 PM

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Friday that he and former President Barack Obama "had a fundamental disagreement on Iran" and that President Donald Trump realizes that the nuclear deal "paves the way for Iran to get a bomb."

"I want to give credit to President Obama for the things we've cooperated on," Netanyahu, 67, told Fox News host Sean Hannity in an interview in Jerusalem. "We had a lot of disagreements — and the most fundamental disagreement was about Iran.

"I think the deal paves the way for Iran to get to a bomb.

"It also paves the way for Iran's economy to get untold billions of dollars to not only fund their nuclear arsenal but fund their aggression — which, since the deal was signed, has been growing in the region.

"It's important to recognize that," he said. "President Trump does."

Netanyahu called for a need to "take action, both political action and diplomatic action and economic-sanctions actions.

"Also, to take military action — as President Trump did against Iran's proxy, Syria, when it used chemical weapons," he added. "That is an important change."

Netanyahu said that the 2015 accord has also allied many Arab nations with Israel — something unheard of just a decade ago — over fears of a nuclear Tehran.

"There's no question the deal with Iran paves the way to eventual Iranian acquisition of the critical elements of nuclear bombs and a nuclear arsenal, something we don't accept and never signed — and we won't let happen," he told Hannity.

"Because many in the region are threatened by that same Iran, immeasurably threatened more by a nuclear Iran, that has brought a lot of the countries to a different thinking about Israel."

Likewise from President Trump, Netanyahu said.

"We realize that we face common challenges — and the greatest challenge is the challenge of militant Islam of both countries: the Shiite variety led by Iran, and the Sunni variety, from Iran.

"Power in the hands of a militant Islamic regime: a lot in the Arab world understand it. We in Israel understand it.

"I can say today that Washington understands it," Netanyahu said. "That's an important change."

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Friday that he and former President Barack Obama "had a fundamental disagreement on Iran" and that President Donald Trump realizes that the nuclear deal "paves the way for Iran to get a bomb."
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