Netanyahu: Israel Won't Pay the Price of Capitulation to Iran

Prime Minister begins Cabinet meeting by slamming talks in Vienna as feeding 'hundreds of billions' to Iranian terror machine.

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Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif
Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu further blasted the string of concessions during the Iran negotiations on Sunday, during the opening remarks in his Sunday Cabinet meeting. 

"Iran's supreme leader, [Ayatollah Ali] Khamenei, said that Iran should still fight the United States even if there is an agreement," he began. "The President of Iran, [Hassan] Rouhani, stands at the head of the march of hatred in the streets of Tehran, in which US and Israeli flags were burned, and in which many chanted 'Death to America' and 'Death to Israel.'"

"All of this is happening as the parade of concessions to Iran continues in Vienna, even concessions on issues that have been marked as red lines during the talks in Lausanne," Netanyahu stated. "This march of giving concessions to Iran will feed hundreds of billions of dollars to its terror machine."

"It paves Iran's way to many nuclear bombs and gives it hundreds of billions of dollars for its terrorism and conquest machine, thereby endangering the peace of the entire world," he continued. "Iran does not hide its intention to continue its murderous aggression even against those with whom it is negotiating."

"Perhaps there is someone among the great powers who is prepared to capitulate to this reality that Iran is dictating, which includes its unending calls for the destruction of Israel – we will not pay the price for this." 

The remarks follow a rare US briefing on the deal to Israeli officials Sunday morning, wherein United States Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman stated that both sides are aiming for a compromise on major issues by Monday. 

Netanyahu also addressed the abduction of two Israeli citizens by Hamas, particularly mentally ill man Avraham Mengistu, saying that Israel is "doing everything it can" to bring the two back. 

He also stated that Israel expects the international community to call for Hamas to return both citizens to Israel safe and sound.