Introduction — Sept 13, 2017
The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is once again warning about a nuclear armed Iran. In less than ten years it will be able to produce nuclear weapons on an “industrial scale”, he claims.
However as dire as this may sound, Netanyahu’s prediction needs to be seen in context. Because this is not the first time he has made such warnings. He was actually making similar prophecies more than twenty years ago, as we outline following this extract, all of which have yet to be fulfilled.
Netanyahu Only strong position on Iran ‘would avert war’
Oren Liebermann and Jose Levy — CNN Sept 13, 2017
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned of Iran’s nuclear ambitions and growing presence in the Middle East in an exclusive interview with CNN en Español.
“Everybody is on their target list sooner or later, but we are first on their target list,” Netanyahu told CNN’s Jose Levy in a preview of what is likely to be his speech at the United Nations General Assembly next week.
“They say openly, ‘We are going to destroy the state of Israel.’”
Netanyahu is urging the signatories of the Iran nuclear deal — officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA — to reconsider.
“War is coming because of a soft position on Iran, and a stronger position on Iran would avert war,” he said.
“In 8 to 10 years, according to the agreement, Iran will be able to enrich uranium on an industrial scale. That means that they can make not one bomb, but an arsenal of bombs. This agreement should be changed. It should be changed so that the removal of restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program should be not a matter of the change of the calendar, but a change in Iran’s aggressive behavior.”