In an interview on the i24news network, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu referred Sunday to the anticipated vote in the French parliament on recognizing a Palestinian state:
“Of course I'm worried about this because what they're voting on is Palestine without peace," he said. "That's what the Palestinians want. They want to have a state to continue, not to end the war with Israel, but to continue the war from improved boundaries. That's all they're saying. Look at what has happened. Every time we gave territory to the Palestinians, for example in Gaza, Iran walked in with its Palestinian proxies, fired thousands of rockets on our cities. Does anyone in Paris talk about this? This is what they have to do now when the world is exploding? When Islamist fires are sweeping throughout the Middle East? When every place that we vacate becomes a bastion for militant Islam and for Iran? This is what is going to produce peace?!? To ask Israel to put the suburbs of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv in the hands of Islamic militants?
"This is irresponsible. It's not conducive to peace. In fact, it hardens the Palestinian positions because it tells them, you get a state – which will be used to attack Israel – you don't have to give anything.
He added: “I think this is a terribly misguided position, terribly misguided position. You know, we don't come out and say what countries or what regions of France should be independent. We don't talk about that, nor do we talk about Spain nor do we talk about every European country, but this is what happens right now when the entire world is aflame, when the Middle East is aflame, when Israel – the only democracy – is standing with France and with Europe to fight the Islamist fires and they say, 'No, well, bring, give the Palestinian who are lining up with the Islamists, who are supporting Hamas, who are glorifying these murders in synagogues as heroes, give them a state' – without peace. You think that's responsible? I think it's irresponsible and wrong.”
Netanyahu was also interviewed Sunday on the ABC network program This Week and made the following remarks about the negotiations with Iran:
"I don't know, but I think it's important that there won't be a bad deal. A bad deal would enable Iran to remain with thousands of centrifuges, which it could use to enrich uranium which is what you need for a nuclear bomb. It could do so in a very short time.
“I think the key principle is this: Don't dismantle sanctions before you dismantle Iran's capacity to make a nuclear bomb. And as I understand it, the Iranians are nowhere near to accepting that and if for any reason the United States or the other powers agree to leave Iran with that capacity to breakout, I think that would be a historic mistake. Not only because it endangers my country, Israel, that Iran's ruler, the Ayatollah Khamenei, vows to annihilate, but also because I think it would endanger the entire Middle East and the world."
"We're doing everything we can to influence people not to make a bad deal and of course such a deal is something that would leave Iran with the capacity to threaten everyone. You know, they're developing ICBMs, intercontinental ballistic missiles. Why in heaven's name does Iran need intercontinental ballistic missiles? They don't need those missiles to reach Israel. They need them to reach Europe and the United States, and the only thing you carry on intercontinental ballistic missiles are nuclear warheads.
“So I think that the issue here is not merely Israel, but everyone, the entire world, all of the – or nearly all -- of the regimes in the Middle East, with the exception of the Syrian regime – and everybody else, they understand that this is a great danger. Israel itself will always reserve the right to defend itself against any threat with its own power.”