'Iran is Grasping Middle East with Arms of Terror'

Prime Minister Netanyahu warns that international concessions are only galvanizing Iran into action, hours after Moscow lifts missile ban.

Tova Dvorin,

Binyamin Netanyahu
Binyamin Netanyahu
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu once again blasted the West's nuclear deal with Iran on Monday, stating in a lengthy series of remarks that the deal is "an agreement full of holes." 

"There is no convincing explanation to the effect that the nuclear deal being offered to Iran is a good deal for one simple reason: It is a bad deal, a very bad deal," Netanyahu stated, speaking at the dedication ceremony for the national police academy in Beit Shemesh. 

"It is a deal that leaves Iran in possession of the capability to arm itself with nuclear weapons, that fills its coffers with a lot of money and that not only enables it to continue its terrorism and aggression in the Middle East and around the world but does not even demand that it stop doing so."

The deal is only exacerbating terrorism in the Middle East, he added, noting that Iran's involvement in regional conflicts elsewhere is only bound to grow with international encouragement. 

"Iran draws encouragement from the concessions that it is receiving from the major powers," Netanyahu said, possibly referencing Russia's decision earlier Monday to lift a ban on selling Iran S-300 missiles. "The message that Iran is receiving from this is that it is not being called upon to halt its aggression, that it can continue and even increase this aggression, and this is exactly what it is doing."

"It has been doing so in recent months, in recent weeks and in recent days; it is doing so throughout the Middle East, from Iraq to Yemen," he added. "It is doing so in Lebanon and on the border with the Golan Heights."

"It is grasping the Middle East with arms of terror and blood."

"Iran is receiving legitimacy to continue these actions and when the sanctions are lifted shortly, if indeed the deal is approved, it will receive billions of dollars to finance its war and terrorism machines, with international legitimacy," he warned. 

"Before our very eyes an absurd reality is taking shape in which the key to our fate and the future of the Middle East is liable to be delivered into the hands of the fanatical Iranian regime. An agreement full of holes with Iran will not ensure regional stability; a vigorous and resolute policy that prevents it from arming itself with nuclear weapons and compels it to halt its takeover of other nations would."