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Netanyahu Issues Warning on Iran Uranium Enrichment

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to the AIPAC meeting at the Washington Convention Center, March 4, 2014, in Washington.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to the AIPAC meeting at the Washington Convention Center, March 4, 2014, in Washington.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says international efforts to restrict Iran's nuclear program must include a complete end to its enriching uranium.  Talks underway appear aimed at allowing Iran to enrich some uranium at lower-grade levels.

Netanyahu says any agreement that allows Iran to continue to enrich uranium would threaten Israeli security by opening up the floodgates of nuclear proliferation.

"Unfortunately, the leading powers of the world are talking about leaving Iran with the capability to enrich uranium," he said. "I hope they do not do that because that would be a grave error."

He told a meeting of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in Washington that real security will only come with the destruction of all of Iran's centrifuges, its underground enrichment facilities, and its heavy-water reactor as well as stockpiles of enriched uranium.

"The greatest threat to our common security is that of a nuclear-armed Iran," he said. "We must prevent Iran from having the capability to produce nuclear weapons."

Tehran says its nuclear program is only for peaceful, civilian purposes.  It is engaged in talks with the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council as well as Germany to limit that program in exchange for relief from some international sanctions.

U.S. officials involved in those talks say there is general agreement Iran will be allowed to retain some uranium enrichment. But that would be at levels far below Iran's 20 percent enriched uranium, which is just a few steps short of weapons-grade.

In a Monday meeting with Netanyahu at the White House, President Barack Obama said the U.S. commitment to preventing Iran from developing a nuclear weapon is absolute.

Secretary of State John Kerry told the pro-Israel AIPAC that Washington will not accept a bad deal just to have a deal with Iran.

"This is not a process that is about trusting Tehran," he said. "This is about testing Tehran. And you can be sure if Iran fails this test, America will not fail Israel."

Israel has long reserved the right to strike Iran militarily to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons. But Kerry said that is no guarantee of long-term security.

"Those who say strike and hit need to go look at what happens after you have done that," he said. "Whether that permanently eliminates the program or opens up all kinds of other possibilities including Iran leaving the nuclear proliferation treaty, not even allowing IAEA inspectors in, not living under any international regiment. That is a possibility. Only strong diplomacy can guarantee that a nuclear weapons program can go away. For good."

Israeli concerns about negotiating with Iran are shared by Saudi Arabia, two key allies Washington is working to reassure.

While attentive to those concerns, American University professor Hillary Mann Leverett says the Obama administration should not allow Israel and Saudi Arabia to block a potentially-historic re-engagement with Tehran.

She says, "The United States is going to have to say: 'Yes you are our allies but you can not stand in the way of critical U.S. interests.' Just as when Nixon went to China we kept Japan and Taiwan as allies but we didn't let them stand in the way of the biggest geopolitical prize of the century: going to China. The same thing has to happen with Iran."

In addition to Iran, Netanyahu differs with the Obama administration over important parts of a framework for peace with Palestinians, including the borders of a two-state solution and continued Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank.

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by: Leroy Padmore from: Jersey City
March 05, 2014 3:46 AM
All those Jews haters, don't learned from other people mouth, Dont believed the Height. Go and search history for yourself. The information is right there. study for yourself. Be on the right side of history. If you want to part take in an intellectual forum, you have to be informative. you have to be abreast with information. you cannot just say what other people are saying, because you don't like certain group of people. No. The Hebrew people are one of the oldest people in the world. and their land is the land of Israel, the present day Israel. This kind of attack on the Jews must stop. put yourself in their shoes, when we as Black people were suffering under the hands of the slave master, Under the Arabs, Under the hands of the European, are we gotten so bad off and have forgotten history? Please. The Koran talks about the temple and the temple mount, which means the presence of the Jewish people and Temple once stood in that location. Nobody just can come in your own house and pull you around , saying you dont belong in your own house. You will fight for what you believed is yours. We support Israel, We stand with Israel, we support with the Jewish people
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by: Godwin from: Nigeria
March 05, 2014 11:58 AM
Thanks Leroy, for your informative enlightenment. I have always said that history will justify Israel's claim to the land. That Israel wants to, or has agreed to accommodate the Palestinians - who I see as beast of no nation - coming from Egypt, Jordan, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, etc - itinerant in nature, gypsies - does not mean that the land belongs to the Palestinians. Wherever that name is coined from, the history of the land I have read dating back to over 7000BC never showed anything about that name Palestine.

Then suddenly it appears from nowhere, projected by the Europeans whose hatred for the Jews have been exposed in two heinous crimes against humanity - by Nazi Germany and the story of Shylock the Jew by William Shakespeare. Seems to me that USA is pretentious in its dealings with Israel, otherwise it would not swallow the plot to undo Israel by calling Israel's land occupied Palestine hook and sinker. My hope is that as God lives, who has promised not to abandon Israel nor forsake her, the truth will be made know soon. All Israel needs is patience, until the right and auspicious time comes; for there is time for everything under the sun. Obama wants to include this in his CV, but Israel should resist him with every resource in them.

by: Leroy Padmore from: Jersey City
March 05, 2014 3:14 AM
In Sura 17:100-104, talks about Moses and the Children of Israel, and how Allah to the Israelites to dwell in the Land, the Land of Israel. Moses is an Ancient Hebrew man, and the Children of Israel is an Ancient Hebrew people. What we are saying here, there were a people call the Israelites and there was and is a place call Israel. and it is the home for the Hebrew people, the Jews.
The Arabs has no claim to that land. The Bible and the Koran were before may 15, 1948. therefore the Bible and the Koran has testify for the Jewish people.The Bible is the world witness for the Jews and the Koran is the world witness for the Jews. what can the modern day Muslims say?They have to agree with their Holy Book. The Jews are the rightful owner of the land. God Bless Israel, God Bless the Jews. I support Israel

by: Leroy Padmore from: Jersey City
March 05, 2014 2:46 AM
The Jews has the right to claim that land. That land belongs to the Jews. The Arabs that found themselves in that land are from Lebanon, Egypt, Syria and Jordan. Even the koran says the land belongs to the Jews. Sura 5:20-21, Sura 17:104, And all throughout the Koran, it talks about the Children of Israel. If there were no people call Jews or the Children of Israel, or a country called Israel, than Muslims need to reexamine their Holy Book. But the Koran has agreed with us who agreed with Israel and the Jews, that the land belongs to the Jews. There are history fact on this issue, there are Biblical facts on this issue and there are Koranic facts on this issue. There were no place or Nation call Palestine until AD 133 when Hadrian the Roman general renamed that land Palestine. Before Israel came back to their Biblical Homeland, there were lot of Empire that occupied that land, the Persian, The Babylonian, the Ottoman, the Turks the Byzantines, The Crusaders,etc etc, and they occupied Israel, not Palestine. In AD 610 Mohammed came on the same with his message from Allah, Mohammed has never been to Jerusalem. cause at that time, the Byzantines was in controlled of Jerusalem in the days of Mohammed. Ad 633 Caliph Omar captured Jerusalem from the Byzantines In 1917 we have the British Empire and the Balfour declaration, all those Empire that occupied that land, no Arabs never cried for that land, But as soon Israel came back to her land,than we are seeing and hearing a cried for a two State solution. and the reason for two state solution is to attack Israel from within Israel.
Now even when Iran gets a Nuclear Bomb, she cannot use it on Israel, because she knows what is coming for her too. Secondly there are lot of so call Arabs will died too. But Iran is just bluffing. If Iran could defeat Israel, by this time there would have been no Israel. God Bless Israel, and God Bless the Jews. I support Israel

by: pirooz from: india
March 05, 2014 12:47 AM
the netanyaho must be shut down , he is a homeless man who is wandering around the globe and begging people and the us for protecting him , he has to to consider his nuclear weapons in his stockpiles then accuse other countries .he is very very agressive and impolite man .he doesnt know how he should speak as a polititian and he doesnt have proper gesture and language in his speech .israeli people must respect their neighbouring countries by their heart rather than pretending their respect hypocritically . iran has been humble enough to stop its enrichment and if the countries look out something more from iran , iran will lose its patience and doesnt make any deal regarding the issue and then mr netanyaho must resolve this problem that i dont think we would see any result than a harsh war in the region

by: MUSTAFA from: INDIA
March 04, 2014 10:15 PM
Very strange, Israel have full liberty to have Nuclear weapons for their own saftety, but very much concern about Iran. Israel killed so many Irani Scientist and wish to create problem in Iran through their PAID agents. What is going on in Syria, whole world knows, World Famous Terrorist Groups very well supported by Israel and Saudi Arabia with weapons from west. USA must apply one standard in the world, double standard is not suitable for USA.

by: Charlie from: California
March 04, 2014 7:49 PM
Israel threatens Israel. It's eaten more than it can digest. And the other diners are appalled. But its dinner date is the United States which is all smiles in public so there's nothing the restaurant, the United Nations, can do. That's where the boycott, which is starting with bus boys, and not the men with the checkbooks, comes in. How this teapot tempest, which somehow shakes the world, turns out is anyone's guest. But the dinner guest with the least alcohol in its system, the US, should be blamed for any mayhem caused by its date on the drive back to Tel Aviv.

by: publius2 from: California
March 04, 2014 5:14 PM
With China, Russia, Iran and North Korea flexing their military muscle, President Obama is stripping the US military to the bone. Could this be so that when war breaks out against Israel, as it is bound to do, he can use that for an excuse that the US can't defend its one true ally in the region? Then he can celebrate Ramadan in the WH again with the Brotherhood like he is want to do.

by: c45 from: NM - USA
March 04, 2014 2:53 PM
well, Obama... hampered by a catastrophic string of unimaginable blunders in the Middle east - the out right betrayal of Israel, the subversion of Egypt, the castration of Saudi Arabia... a disastrous European policies, the Asian debacle... and a disastrous mismanagement of his own economy - the "president" - aeh aeh aeh LET ME BE CLEAR... finds himself completely out matched by the incredible limitations of his confected "talents" viz a viz Putin who is clear, resolute and commands authority. Compared with Putin, Obama looks what he really is - a sad incompetent "affirmative action" Muslim community organizer...

by: Britney from: us
March 04, 2014 2:51 PM
poor president Hussein Obangala... trying his best to pull off his best imitation of what he perceived to be a somewhat less than competent "leader"... lets look at this poor community organizer crowning glories... he lost Iraq to Iran... he lost Egypt... he lost Israel... he lost Germany... the Brits mock him... Putin just can't believe his stupidity... Japan can't bring themselves to trust a word he says... his stooge Kerry is a laughing stoke... China views him as some sort of imbecilic primate...

yeah, America, you are doing really well... - yes we can...!! LOL

by: Amin from: Texas
March 04, 2014 2:14 PM
Shows up every six months to remind us that he is still an ass!
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