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    Israel Condemns Lifting of Sanctions on Iran 

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a weekly Cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Jan. 17, 2016.
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a weekly Cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Jan. 17, 2016.
    Robert Berger

    Israel's prime minister has condemned the lifting of crippling international sanctions on Iran following the U.N. nuclear agency's certification that Tehran is curbing its nuclear program.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that despite the agreement with the world powers, Iran has not given up its quest for nuclear weapons.

    Netanyahu told his Cabinet lifting sanctions would provide Iran with more resources to undermine stability in the Middle East and spread terrorism around the world.

    He called on the international community to closely monitor Iran’s nuclear facilities and reimpose sanctions if there were any violations.

    Iran says its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, but its leaders have also threatened to wipe Israel “off the map.”

    Since most of Iran’s nuclear infrastructure remains intact, Netanyahu feared the Islamic Republic could secretly build an atomic bomb that could threaten Israel's existence.

    His skepticism about the nuclear deal is shared by many Israelis, like this man on the street. “We are at the same level of concern as before.I think my biggest concern is that the leadership in the West does not really care that much about stopping Iran from getting a nuclear weapon.”

    Netanyahu, who has threatened to attack Iran’s nuclear sites in the past, said Israel would do everything necessary to defend itself. 

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    by: Marcus Aurelius II from: NJ USA
    January 18, 2016 5:02 PM
    The only question is whether the clandestine violations where Iran is secretly still developing nuclear weapons will be discovered before or after President Trump rips up Obama's deal and restores the sanctions next January.

    by: Gene from: Texas USA
    January 18, 2016 12:49 PM
    To Ahmed from India: You seem to be a reasonably intelligent person. Why would you make such a statement saying that Israel is the main trouble maker in the Middle East? Israel is the only democratic and peaceful country in the region. There is no reason to bother Israel with inspections. Israel is not causing any harm to anybody. Let sleeping dogs lie is a saying in my country.

    You say Israel has a long list of nuclear arms? How do you know this? No one knows whether Israel has the bomb or not. It is not relevant even if they had it. Israel is not threatening any one. The world is after Iran, a terrorist country, that has threatened to kill or destroy every nation on earth that doesn't bow down to Islam. It is not about discrimination. It is about self defense.


    by: Ali Ibrahimi
    January 18, 2016 2:43 AM
    As you know, The regim of Iran is too extremist. If this regime access to atomic bomb, it Will use against of the world. If this regime has power,it attack on USA or another countries over the worl. Then the countries of the world must be careful about this matter.

    by: Richard
    January 17, 2016 9:18 PM
    The Iranian regime will flaunt their diplomatic coup over The Great Satan -- their terminology for the US -- to flex their muscle and their will in the region. The Washington Post is already reporting that the militia that recently kidnapped the three US contractors in Baghdad is a pro-Iranian Shi'ite militia acting on instructions from Tehran. It makes sense since Baghdad and eastern Iraq is their area of operations. Likely a group similar to Al Sadr's Mahdi Army or some other Tehran backed militia.

    by: AHMED from: INDIA
    January 17, 2016 8:57 PM
    Israel is the Main Trouble maker in Middle East. He supported Daesh in the shape of training, financial back up and all sensitive information about War in Syria and Iraq. Israel created mess in Syria and Iraq by supporting Terrorist in the name of Islam. Islam never allow to kill any body and then go to paradise.

    Israel created problems for Palestenions for the last 60 years. Just imagine no education, business, job, security and no standard of life for poor Palestenions. Israel is most power full country in Middle East in Arms, have long list of nuclear arms which no body have power to inspect. I cannot understand why world is adopting Two policies for one question of nuclear arms. I think there is no justice in this world. Power full country with proud of their wealth creating problems in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Bahrain, Egypt, Libya and Pakistan.

    by: Math from: USA
    January 17, 2016 3:50 PM
    So... what's new again?

    by: Anonymous
    January 17, 2016 2:57 PM
    The warmongers missed a chance of yet another war and more destruction in the world.

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