If Iran has nuclear weapons, it will pose a threat not just to Israel but to the entire free world, Economy Minister Naftali Bennett (Bayit Yehudi) has warned.
Speaking with Fox News on the weekend, Bennett reiterated that Israel would “love to see a peaceful resolution” to the Iranian nuclear issue, but added that “Iran has a very clear track record of actions they’re taking right now. As we speak, they’re enriching uranium. As we speak, they’re accelerating the pace of installing new centrifuges. As we speak, these guys, together with Bashar Al-Assad’s regime are butchering tens of thousands of Syrian civilians.”
Bennett warned that “a few smiles cannot hide what we’re talking about.” He added that “words in Geneva don’t stop those centrifuges from spinning in Tehran.”
“I want to make a point,” stressed Bennett. “This is not an issue of Israel. This is an issue for the entire world. Iran’s missiles today reach London and Rome and Madrid, and just imagine if we wake up tomorrow with a nuclear test successfully achieved in Tehran. It means we’re in a whole new dark and dangerous world.”
The sanctions on Iran must be held up and increased, said Bennett, because “the sanctions are what brought [President Hassan] Rouhani to the table to begin with, and only by being persistent do we have any chance of avoiding the need of any potential attack.”