News / Middle East

    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. 

    You May Like

    Video Democrats Clinton, Kaine Offer 'Very Different Vision' Than Trump

    In a jab at Trump, Clinton says her team wants to 'build bridges, not walls'; Obama Hails Kaine's record; Trump calls Kaine a 'job-killer'

    Turkey Wants Pakistan to Close Down institutions, Businesses Linked to Gulen

    Thousands of Pakistani students are enrolled in Gulen's commercial network of around two dozen institutions operating in Pakistan for over two decades

    AU Passport A Work in Progress

    Who will get the passport and what the benefits are still need to be worked out

    This forum has been closed.
    Comment Sorting
    Comments
         
    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.

    Featured Videos

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    In State of Emergency, Turkey’s Erdogan Focuses on Spiritual Movementi
    X
    July 22, 2016 11:49 AM
    The state of emergency that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared is giving him even more power to expand a purge that has seen an estimated 60,000 people either arrested or suspended from their jobs. VOA Europe correspondent Luis Ramirez reports from Istanbul.
    Video

    Video In State of Emergency, Turkey’s Erdogan Focuses on Spiritual Movement

    The state of emergency that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared is giving him even more power to expand a purge that has seen an estimated 60,000 people either arrested or suspended from their jobs. VOA Europe correspondent Luis Ramirez reports from Istanbul.
    Video

    Video Scientists in Poland Race to Save Honeybees

    Honeybees are in danger worldwide. Causes of what's known as colony collapse disorder range from pesticides and loss of habitat to infections. But scientists in Poland say they are on track to finding a cure for one of the diseases. VOA’s George Putic reports.
    Video

    Video Wall Already Runs Along Parts of US-Mexico Border

    The Republican Party’s presidential nominee, Donald Trump, gained the support of many voters by saying he would build a wall to keep undocumented immigrants and drugs from coming across the border from Mexico. Critics have called his idea impractical and offensive to Mexico, while supporters say such a bold approach is needed to control the border. VOA’s Greg Flakus has more from the border town of Nogales, Arizona.
    Video

    Video New HIV Tests Emphasize Rapid Results

    As the global fight against AIDS intensifies, activists have placed increasing importance on getting people to know their HIV status. Some companies are developing new HIV testing methods designed to be quick, easy and accurate. Thuso Khumalo looks at the latest methods, presented at the International AIDS conference in Durban, South Africa.
    Video

    Video African Youth with HIV Urge More Support

    HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, is the top killer of teens in sub-Saharan Africa. But many youths say their experience with the virus is unique and needs to be addressed differently than the adult epidemic. VOA South African Correspondent Anita Powell reports.
    Video

    Video Poor Residents in Cleveland Not Feeling High Hopes of Republican Convention

    With the Republican Party's National Convention underway in Cleveland, Ohio, delegates and visitors are gathered in the host city's downtown - waiting to hear from the party's presidential candidate, Donald Trump. But a few kilometers from the convention's venue, Cleveland's poorest residents are not convinced Trump or his policies will make a difference in their lives. VOA's Ramon Taylor spoke with some of these residents as well as some of the Republican delegates and filed this report.
    Video

    Video Pop-Up Art Comes to Your Living Room, Backyard and Elsewhere

    Around the world, independent artists and musicians wrestle with a common problem: where to exhibit or perform? Traditional spaces such as museums and galleries are reserved for bigger names, and renting a space is not feasible for many. Enter ArtsUp, which connects artists with venue owners. Whether it’s a living room, restaurant, office or even a boat, pop-up events are bringing music and art to unexpected places. Tina Trinh has more.
    Video

    Video With Yosemite as Backdrop, Obama Praises National Parks

    Last month, President Barack Obama and his family visited some of the most beautiful national parks in the U.S. Using the majestic backdrop of a towering waterfall in California's Yosemite National Park, Obama praised the national park system which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. He talked about the importance of America’s “national treasures” and the need to protect them from climate change and other threats. VOA’s Julie Taboh reports.
    Video

    Video Counter-Islamic State Coalition Plots Next Steps

    As momentum shifts against Islamic State in Iraq, discussions are taking place about the next steps for driving the terrorist group from its final strongholds. Secretary of State John Kerry is hosting a counter-IS meeting at the State Department, a day after defense ministers from more than 30 countries reviewed and agreed upon a course of action. VOA Pentagon correspondent Carla Babb reports.
    Video

    Video Russia's Participation at Brazil Olympic Games Still In Question

    The International Olympic Committee has delayed a decision on whether to ban all Russian teams from competing in next month's Olympic Games in Brazil over allegations of an elaborate doping scheme. The World Anti-Doping Agency recently released an independent report alleging widespread doping by Russian athletes at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. So far, only Russian track and field athletes have been barred from the Summer Games in Brazil. VOA's Zlatica Hoke has more.
    Video

    Video Scotland’s Booming Whisky Industry Fears Brexit Hangover

    After Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, Scotland’s government wants to break away from the United Kingdom – fearing the nation’s exports are at risk. Among the biggest of these is whisky. Henry Ridgwell reports on a time of turmoil for those involved in the ancient art of distilling Scotland’s most famous product.
    Video

    Video Millennials Could Determine Who Wins Race to White House

    With only four months to go until Americans elect a new president, one group of voters is getting a lot more attention these days: those ages 18 to 35, a generation known as millennials. It’s a demographic that some analysts say could have the power to decide the 2016 election. But a lot depends on whether they actually turn out to vote. VOA’s Alexa Lamanna reports.

    Special Report

    Adrift The Invisible African Diaspora