Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asserted on Tuesday that an Iran with nuclear weapons would be “a thousand times more dangerous and more destructive” than ISIS, according to AFP.
“As horrific as ISIS is, once Iran, the preeminent terrorist state of our time, acquires nuclear weapons, it will be a hundred times more dangerous, a thousand times more dangerous and more destructive than ISIS,” Netanyahu said, referring to ISIS.
Netanyahu’s statement came after Iran reached a preliminary deal in talks over its nuclear programme with six world powers, the P5+1: the US, UK, France, Russia and China plus Germany.
“As we are meeting, the P5+1 talks are reconvening, and I’m afraid they’re rushing to what I consider is a very bad deal,” Netanyahu told US Senator Bill Cassidy, in remarks released by the Israeli premier’s office.
“I see no reason to rush to a deal and certainly not a bad deal that paves Iran’s path to the bomb, but also fills Iran’s coffers with tens of billions of dollars to pursue its aggression throughout the Middle East and around Israel’s borders,” he added.
Netanyahu has harshly criticized the push by world powers to reach a consensus with Iran over its nuclear programme.
The talks were supposed to be finalised as of April 2 with a deal preventing Tehran from developing nuclear weapons in exchange for an easing of the crippling economic sanctions on the country.
“We shouldn’t give Iran a path to nuclear weapons and billions of dollars to pursue aggression because of ISIS,” Netanyahu said, referring to the group which both the US and Iran see as a threat.
“ISIS should be fought; Iran should be stopped.” he added.