Netanyahu at Davos: Iran Deal Permits Islamic Republic to Create Nuclear Arsenal

Israeli PM proclaims Iran 'the most significant terrorist nation of this age', says current nuclear deal is 'inadequate', assures Iran will be equipped to destroy Israel

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland January 25, 2018
DENIS BALIBOUSE (Reuters)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticized the current nuclear deal as "inadequate" saying that under the current conditions, Iran would be allowed to "push forward and quickly create an arsenal of nuclear weapons without any international accord preventing them from doing so."

Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Thursday, Netanyahu proclaimed Iran "the most significant terrorist nation of this age", and insisted that it doesn't matter to him if the deal is fixed, cancelled or kept.

"What I care about is preventing Iran from developing a nuclear arsenal. Because not only does Iran spread terror across the whole world, Iran also explicitly states that it will use these weapons and any other at their disposal in order to destroy Israel. We will not allow that to happen."

Netanyahu met earlier with U.S. President Donald Trump to discuss the latter's promise to "fix" the nuclear deal with Iran and the U.S. administration's efforts to restart peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

The two spoke to the press prior to the meeting, with Netanyahu expressing appreciation for Trump's "stalwart position" on the Iran nuclear deal, for calling it "disastrous" and encouraging Netanyahu to walk away from it if it's fatal flaws are not fixed.

"We also appreciate the fact that you confront Iran’s aggression, with us and with other parties in the region as never before. I’ve never seen the holistic alliance between the United States, Israel and your other allies in the region, as strong, as unified, as it is under your leadership."

Trump announced two weeks ago that while he is extending sanctions relief on Iran as required by the nuclear deal, it will be the "last time" that he is taking that step, unless certain "loopholes" that his administration sees in the deal will be fixed.

Among those loopholes is the "sunset clause" that puts a time limit on certain limitations placed on Iran by the deal. European leaders have expressed concerns that trying to re-negotiate the terms of the agreement, something Iran has stated is unacceptable, could lead to its collapse.