President Obama is leading and implementing, an international complex and decisive policy, imposing economic and political sanctions against Iran. President Obama made it clear that the US will not permit Iran to become nuclear.
PM Netanyahu on Holocaust Remembrance Day (18 Apr 2012):
Today, the regime in Iran openly calls and determinedly works for our destruction. And it is feverishly working to develop atomic weapons to achieve that goal.
I know that there are those who do not like when I speak such uncomfortable truths. They prefer that we not speak of a nuclear Iran as an existential threat. They say that such language, even if true, only sows fear and panic.
Those who dismiss Iran’s threats as exaggerated or as mere idle posturing have learned nothing from the Holocaust. But we should not be surprised. There have always been those among us who prefer to mock those who tell uncomfortable truths than squarely face the truth themselves.
As Prime Minister of Israel, I will never shy from speaking the truth before the world, no matter how uncomfortable it may seem to some. The truth is that a nuclear-armed Iran is an existential threat of the State of Israel. The truth is that a nuclear-armed Iran is an political threat to other countries throughout the region and a grave threat to the world peace. The truth is that Iran must be stopped from obtaining nuclear weapons. It is the duty of the whole world, but above and beyond, it is OUR duty.
FM Liberman at meeting with Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (16 Mar 2012):
"Despite the harsh sanctions, we do not discern any willingness on the part of the Iranians to forego their nuclear plans. We prefer that the international community solve the problem through diplomatic negotiations and other means. However, should these prove unsuccessful, it is our right to defend ourselves, and we are keeping all options on the table. We believe that the international community is capable of stopping Iran, it is a matter of resolve and determination."
PM Netanyahu at meeting with Italian DM Di Paola (12 Mar 2012):
"The focus of attention is on the terrorist attacks being perpetrated by elements which are backed and financed by Iran. Dozens of rockets are hitting Israel. These terrorist attacks, by Islamic Jihad for example, underscore the magnitude of the danger that would be created if – Heaven forbid – a nuclear Iran would stand behind them. The world must be united in the face of the Iranian threat."
PM Netanyahu responds to US President Obama’s AIPAC speech (4 Mar 2012):
I very much appreciated the fact that President Obama reiterated his position that Iran must not be allowed to develop nuclear weapons and that all options are on the table. I also appreciated the fact that he made clear that when it comes to a nuclear armed Iran, containment is simply not an option, and equally in my judgment, perhaps most important of all, I appreciated the fact that he said that Israel must be able to defend itself, by itself, against any threat.
President Peres addresses AIPAC Policy Conference (4 Mar 2012):
A peace that is a dream for both of us, is a nightmare for the Ayatollahs in Iran. Iran is an evil, cruel, morally corrupt regime. It is based on destruction. and is an affront to human dignity. Iran is the center, the sponsor, the financier of world terror. Iran is a danger to the entire world. It threatens Berlin as well as Madrid, Delhi as well as Bangkok. Not just Israel.
Iran’s ambition is to control the Middle East, so it can control a major part of the world’s economy.
It must be stopped. And it will be stopped.
President Obama is leading and implementing, an international complex and decisive policy, imposing economic and political sanctions against Iran. President Obama made it clear that the US will not permit Iran to become nuclear. That containment is not a sustainable policy; all options are on the table. The United States and Israel share the same goal – to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. There is NO space between us.
Our message is clear: Iran will not develop a nuclear weapon.