Netanyahu: Iran Deal Would Allow It to 'Breakout' to Bomb in 3 Weeks

In a press conference with French President Francois Hollande, Netanyahu reiterates Israel will not be bound by bad agreement with Iran. Hollande: Goal is for Iran to completely give up nuclear weapon ambitions.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that the deal being discussed between world powers and Iran would allow it to produce the fissile material it needs for a nuclear bomb in three weeks, or 26 days.

In a press conference with French President Fracois Hollande in Jerusalem, Netanyahu said that "a good deal is an agreement that dismantles Iran's ability to get fissile material for a nuclear bomb," and said Israel reserves to right to defend itself and will not be bound by "a bad agreement." He called the proposed deal "bad and dangerous."

President Hollande said in the press conference that "talks are better than a military option," and that "the best will be to go straight to a final and comprehensive agreement." However, he added that "Iran [has been] negotiating for years without making any progress."

Hollande vowed that France will continue the pressure on Iran. "Without the sanctions Iran would not be speaking as it is now," he said, "but words are still not deeds."

The goal, he said is for Iran to forgo, once and for all, a nuclear weapon.

Netanyahu warned that the Iranians know that the deal "will allow them to continue enrichment." "I can't seat by and look at this development that will endanger my country," he said.

"We don't have a pogrom complex," Netanyahu continued, "we understand that when people say they want to destroy us - we need to take them seriously." "It is my duty to prevent from anyone to commit a second holocaust against the Jewish people," he said.

Earlier on Sunday, Hollande arrived in Tel Aviv on his first official visit as head of state to Israel, which has welcomed Paris' tough stance in talks with Iran over its nuclear program.

Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres received the large French delegation, which also includes Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, at Ben-Gurion International Airport.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, his wife Sara, French President Francois Hollande and his companion Valerie Trierweiler at Yad Vashem Holocaust History Museum in Jerusalem, November 17, 2013.Credit: Reuters
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and French President Francois Hollande at Ben-Gurion Airport, November 17, 2013.Credit: Daniel Bar-On
French President Francois Hollande lays a wreath at the Hall of Remembrance on November 17, 2013, during his visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial museum in Jerusalem.Credit: AFP

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