Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein
Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein Knesset spokesmanship

Knesset Speaker MK Yuli Edelstein said Wednesday that the deal struck with Iran signals a Western moral collapse in the face of murderous Islamism, and stressed that Israel must do anything and everything it can to prevent Iran from gaining nuclear weapons.

Speaking at the Knesset's special session in honor of Jabotinsky Day, honoring Zionist founding father Ze'ev Jabotinsky, Edelstein said:

"I regret to say that the agreement signed yesterday with Iran expresses a systemic collapse, a hallucination with international sponsorship. Iran is toying with the West and stating openly its intention to continue its murderous plans even against the ones negotiating with it, and that is why this is a dangerous illusion – not just for Israel but for the world's peace. 

"I have a deep foreboding, which is not without basis, that it is paving the way for building numerous nuclear bombs, while giving tens of billions of dollars to the Iranian terror machine.”

"Ten years ago,” Edelstein noted, “many people warned that the expulsion from Gush Katif will not bring quiet but missiles on Israel. They said so and they were right! Today we must warn that the agreement signed with Iran yesterday will not bring quiet, but missiles on Israel. Here, the words have been said... but I am still full of hope that this time, we will be wrong.”

Israel will not put up with all this, Edelstein stated emphatically. “What happened yesterday is a true collapse of our 'iron wall' – in the face of fundamentalist evil,” he added, employing a phrase coined by Ze'ev Jabotinsky. “This agreement is the beginning of the collapse of the western wall of resistance to the murderous conquest of the Tehran school of extreme Islam.

"This is a foregoing of basic principles, which may go down in infamy in the history of this struggle between cultures. From today, Israel, which stands at the forefront of the struggle against evil, bears the moral responsibility to do everything – everything! – to stop the Iranian nuclear program. Ans yes, all – meaning all – options are open and kosher.”