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      Netanyahu to Senators: Nuclear Iran is the World's Problem

      “History won't forgive those who do not stop Iran's nuclear program,” Netanyahu tells a delegation of senators headed by John McCain.
      By Elad Benari
      First Publish: 1/20/2013, 4:01 AM

      Netanyahu and McCain
      Netanyahu and McCain
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      “History will not forgive those who do not stop Iran's nuclear program,” was Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s message during a meeting with top U.S. senators on Saturday evening.

      The delegation is led by Sen. John McCain of the Senate Armed Services and Homeland Security Committees and the 2008 Republican Presidential candidate and also includes Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Senator Christopher Coons (D-DE), and Christian Brose, a senior advisor on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

      “Building in Jerusalem is not the problem of the world. A nuclear Iran is the problem of the world,” Netanyahu told the senators during the meeting, which took place in his office in Jerusalem.

      According to a statement issued by the Prime Minister's Office, the meeting dealt with the intensification of the sanctions against Iran.

      It added that the Prime Minister Netanyahu thanked the Republican and Democratic senators for the “unwavering support of Israel in the Senate.”

      The visiting senators also met separately with President Shimon Peres, who told them, “We appreciate the American position on Iran, that it cannot be permitted a nuclear weapon if possible by civilian means but that all options are on the table.”

      President Peres added that a bipartisan delegation from the United States sends a message “that America remains engaged in the great march for freedom and peace in the region.” He also addressed the ongoing bloodshed in Syria and said, “I have a great deal of sorrow and worry about the ongoing bloodshed in Syria. We all wish that the Middle East will become a region of peace which will answer the demands of the young generation.”

      McCain thanked Peres and told him that “Israel is an island of hope and a beacon to people all over the world who see Israel as a model and as an example of democracy and freedom.”