Bad deal with Iran could lead to war: Israel's Netanyahu

JERUSALEM Wed Nov 13, 2013 10:55am EST

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a Likud-Beitenu faction meeting at the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, in Jerusalem November 11, 2013. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a Likud-Beitenu faction meeting at the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, in Jerusalem November 11, 2013.

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JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday that war could result from a bad deal between world powers and Iran over its nuclear program.

Netanyahu has been lobbying against any agreement at talks due to resume in Geneva on November 20 that would fail to strip Iran of nuclear enrichment capabilities. He has urged no let-up in international economic sanctions.

He has often hinted at possible Israeli military action if diplomacy and sanctions failed to block what he says is Iran's goal of building atomic weapons.

Addressing parliament, in a session focusing on housing issues, Netanyahu said continued economic pressure on Iran was the best alternative to two other options, which he described as a bad deal and war.

"I would go so far as to say that a bad deal could lead to the second, undesired option," he said, referring to war.

There is deep skepticism among security experts abroad and in Israel over whether its military could cause lasting damage on its own to Iran's deeply buried atomic facilities.

Iran says it is pursuing its nuclear program solely for peaceful purposes.

(Reporting by Jeffrey Heller)

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TodM wrote:
To say “war could result” is like to say “mistakes will be made”. Netanyahu is actually threatening to launch an unprovoked war of aggression against Iran if his demands are not fulfilled.

I have no sympathy for the regime that governs Iran to the detriment of their own people, but in this instance, Iran is not the aggressor.

Nov 13, 2013 11:18am EST  --  Report as abuse
Dhirajkunar wrote:
If Israel really thinks so – the second undesirable option, then Israel will have to be prepared for a strike on its military facilities by the Powers, moments before Israel actually strikes. This will be done to prevent a world war.

Nov 13, 2013 11:22am EST  --  Report as abuse
trex2561 wrote:
As long as it is Israel’s war and not the US I’d say go for it and let the chips fall as they may. May be it would mean an end to 65 years of yammering.

Nov 13, 2013 11:43am EST  --  Report as abuse
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