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Netanyahu: Iran Nuke Deal Will Spark Middle East Arms Race


Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said if the framework of President Barack Obama’s deal with Iran stays as is, it will spark a nuclear arms race in the Middle East starting with Sunni-majority Saudi Arabia already engaged in battle in Yemen against the Shia Iran-backed Houthi militants.


Netanyahu  said, “Not a single centrifuge is destroyed. Not a single nuclear facility is shut down including the underground facilities that they built illicitly. Thousands of centrifuges will keep spinning enriching uranium. That’s a bad deal. Secondly, Iran is going to have sanctions lifted including crippling sanctions pretty much up front. That’s going to have billions and billions of dollars flow into the Iranian coiffures. Not for schools or roads, but to pump up Iran’s terror machine throughout the world. It’s a military machine that’s engaged throughout the world. So I think that’s very bad. Third, the restrictions that are placed on Iran are only temporary. After a few years Iran will have unlimited capacity to build unlimited nuclear infrastructure. That’s very bad. That’s what’s in the deal. Now here’s what’s not in the deal. The ending of their ICBMs, that’s not in the deal. Those missiles are only used for you. They’re not used for us. They have missiles that can reach us and are geared for nuclear weapons. Secondly, no one is asking Iran at all in this deal to stop its aggression in the region and its calls to annihilate Israel.”

“If a country that vows to annihilate us and is working every day with conventional means and unconventional means to achieve that end, if that country has a deal that paves its way to nuclear weapons, many nuclear weapons, it endangers our survival. I’ll tell you what else will happen. I think it will also spark an arms race with the Sunni states because they understand exactly what I just said,” he added.

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