Netanyahu Answers Critics: Anyone Who Says There’s Nothing New in Iran Nuclear Archive Hasn't Seen It

'To those who say that this proves why you need the deal, I say that a deal that enables Iran to keep and hide all its nuclear weapons know-how, is a horrible deal,' Netanyahu tells foreign press

Netanyahu presenting materials on the Iranian nuclear weapons development during a press conference in Tel Aviv on April 30, 2018.
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu answered global criticism on the Iranian nuclear documents seized by Israeli intelligence on Sunday, telling foreign reporters that "anyone who says there’s nothing new in the material we showed has not seen the material."

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Netanyahu added that the Iran nuclear deal was "based on a lie, and we can prove it."

"To those who say that this proves why you need the deal, I say that a deal that enables Iran to keep and hide all its nuclear weapons know-how, is a horrible deal. And the last thing you can say about it, is that it blocks all of Iran’s paths to the bomb," Netanyahu continued.

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This was the second time in one day that the premier spoke up against the threat emanating from Tehran, after he said earlier Sunday that Israel would be better off confronting Iran sooner rather than later if necessary. Israel, however, does not seek escalation, he noted.

"Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps has been in recent months providing Syria with advanced weapons to attack us, both on the battlefield and on the home front, including attack drones, surface-to-surface missiles, and Iranian anti-aircraft systems that will threaten air force jets," Netanyahu said at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting.

"We are determined to stop Iran's aggression in its early stages, even if it involves a conflict," he continued. "Better now than later. Nations that were unprepared to take timely action against murderous aggression paid much heavier prices afterwards. We do not want escalation, but we are prepared for any scenario."