Netanyahu: If Iran Wins, the World Loses

Netanyahu meets with Cypriot President Anastasiades and stresses it's not too late to change deal on Iran's nuclear program for the better.

Cynthia Blank ,

Netanyahu and Anastasiades
Netanyahu and Anastasiades
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met Monday with Cypriot President Nico Anastasiades to discuss shared security concerns. 

"I used the word security because it is very concrete. It's not abstract," Netanyahu declared. "We have, we are suffering from terrorism in this region." 

Accusing Iran, "along with its henchmen in Hezbollah" for fomenting terrorism in both the Middle East and beyond, Netanyahu expressed concern for the nearby nation. 

"You and Cyprus have already suffered three terrorist plots, including the recent uncovering of an apartment with an enormous amount of ammonium nitrate, a very dangerous explosive." 

 "So we are all, we have a common stake in battling this terrorism," Netanyahu stressed. 

Turning his attention to the Iranian nuclear deal, Netanyahu emphasized that a "victory" for Iran in negotiations with the P5+1 nations, as President Rouhani recently called it, meant a loss for the world. 

But, he argued, "it's not too late to prevent Iran from having an agreement that paves its way to the bomb, that will give it immediately 40 to 50 billion dollars of cash for its terrorist networks and its aggression in the region."

"I believe that the P5+1 can get a better deal and certainly should have no deal if it's a bad deal, and this is a very bad deal," the Prime Minister said of the impending final accord whose deadline is set for June 30.

"But given Iran's aggression in the region, given its terrorism in the Middle East and beyond, I think the nuclear deal...should tie the lifting of restrictions on Iran's nuclear program to a change in Iran's behavior and the lifting of sanctions to a different attitude on the part of Iran."

"I think this will be good for everyone in the Middle East. It'll be good for the world," Netanyahu concluded.