Netanyahu: We don't have high hopes for UNESCO

PM talks at cabinet meeting about Trump's decision not to certify Iranian compliance with nuclear deal, and Israel's withdrawal from UNESCO.

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At the beginning of today’s cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu praised US President Donald Trump’s decision not to certify Iran’s compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal.

It is completely clear, if one examines this agreement, if nothing changes, that Iran will have an arsenal of nuclear weapons within a few years,” he said. “This agreement does not block this. It creates a sure path to the production of an enrichment system that could quickly bring Iran to dozens of atomic bombs and even more; therefore, the decision is very important.”

Netanyahu asserted that “President Trump's decision creates an opportunity to fix the nuclear agreement and stop Iran's increasing aggression in our region. I believe that any responsible government, and whoever seeks to promote peace and security in the world, needs to take advantage of the opportunity that President Trump's decision has created in order to improve the agreement or abrogate it and, of course, stop Iran's aggression.”

Similarly, Netanyahu said that it was “self-evident” that the US decision to impose sanctions on the Iranian Revolutionary Guard “needs to be supported,” explaining that "the Revolutionary Guards are Iran's main arm in spreading terror around the world and, of course, in spreading its aggression throughout the Middle East.”

Netanyahu also referred to his instruction last week that Israel withdraw from UNESCO, following a similar move by the US. He explained that UNESCO “has become a platform for delusional, anti-Israeli and – in effect – anti-Semitic decisions.”

“We hope that the organization will change its ways but we are not pinning hopes on this; therefore, my directive to leave the organization stands and we will move forward to carry it out.”








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