Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the Washington Post on Saturday that an international effort, led by the United States, was the way to stop Iran from gaining nuclear weapons and posing a threat to the entire world.
When asked what he thought about a recent draft deal presented to Iran, under which Iran would send its enriched uranium abroad for processing, Netanyahu said that any solution would have to be "accompanied by the cessation of enrichment."
"The crucial thing is that the international community pressure Iran to stop the enrichment of uranium, which has only one purpose," Netanyahu said, describing Iran as a "dark radicalism that is seeking to arm itself and its proxies with nuclear weapons."
"We're definitely the first country threatened, but definitely not the last," Netanyahu stressed.
When asked about stalled peace talks with the Palestinians, Netanyahu lamented the loss of precious time due to the Palestinians' sudden "preconditions that weren't there for the last 16 years."
He explained that the Palestinians' key demand, that Israel freeze construction in settlements on Palestinian land, was in effect "committing in advance to the results of the negotiations."
"It's the old technique. Let's agree on what the results of the negotiations will be before the negotiations begin," he said.
"There has yet to be a Palestinian leader who actually turns to his people and says, 'We're not going to have a state that will continue to make demands on Israel. It's over. We recognize that Israel is the Jewish state just as we ask the Israelis to recognize the Palestinian state'," Netanyahu went on to say.
"The popular explanation is that this conflict is about the territories captured in the 1967 war. So why did the conflict rage [when] there were no settlements? The Arabs fought wars and terror campaigns in the 1920s, '30s and '40s against any Jewish state, and then they rejected the partition. Our presence in the territories is not the cause of the conflict but one of its results," he added.
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