In Apparent Message to Biden, Netanyahu Warns World Powers Against Reentering 2015 Iran Nuclear Deal

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Netanyahu speaks during a joint statement with Pompeo in Jerusalem on November 19, 2020.
Netanyahu speaks during a joint statement with Pompeo in Jerusalem on November 19, 2020.Credit: MAYA ALLERUZZO - AFP

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Sunday that world powers must not reenter the 2015 nuclear accord with Iran, in a message seemingly directed towards U.S. President-elect Joe Biden. 

Speaking at the annual commemoration ceremony for Israel's first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, Netanyahu said, "we must uphold an uncompromised policy to guarantee that Iran doesn't develop nuclear weapons.

"Thanks to our firm stance to prevent the nuclearization of Iran and our objection to the nuclear accord, many Arab countries have fundamentally changed their approach towards Israel," Netanyahu added.

Taking the podium after the prime minister, President Reuven Rivlin said that "Ben-Gurion knew it is impossible to establish a country while only thinking about the present. He knew that leaders are measured by their abilities to make decisions in the present, but always look ahead into the future…If we had lived without dreaming or faith and statesmanship, the State of Israel would have looked completely different.

The Black Flag Movement holding a 'go' sign at an anti-Netanyahu protest outside his private residence in Caesarea, November 21, 2020Credit: Rami Shllush

"Unless we all realize that solving this crisis is a joint battle, of all the groups that make up Israeli society, it would be much harder to overcome it," Rivlin said referring to the coronavirus crisis.  

Over 250 people, who arrived at the Negev kibbutz of Sde Boker in a protest convoy from central Israel, demonstrated against Netanyahu at the ceremony. 

Prior to Netanyahu's arrival at the ceremony, David Ben-Gurion's grandson, Yariv Ben-Eliezer, joined the demonstration, where he said: "F*** Netanyahu and long live the State of Israel."

On Saturday, anti-Netanyahu demonstrators also inscribed “Go,” the popular slogan that has come to represent the protests directed against the prime minister, on the helipad where Netanyahu landed for Sunday's ceremony. 

Despite the heavy rainfalls that have battered Israel over the weekend, protests against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continued around the country on Saturday night.

The police arrested four people during the 3,000 strong protest at Jerusalem's Paris Square, near the prime minister's official residence, where the crowd called on Netanyahu to step down in light of his corruption cases and handling of the coronavirus crisis. 

But the protest's central site was Netanyahu's private home in Caesarea, where about 2,500 protesters gathered. They are there in part to show support for the Farkash family, who were targeted by pro-Netanyahu protesters earlier this week for hosting anti-Netanyahu activists on their roof.

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