Israel's Netanyahu attacks Iran

Posted February 20, 2018

In fact in April 2015, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blasted the nations negotiating the nuclear deal for continuing the nuclear talks after Gen. Mohammad Reza Naqdi, the commander of Iran's Basij militia, stated "Israel's destruction is non-negotiable".

Zarif, who addressed the conference later in the day, dismissed Netanyahu's presentation as a "cartoonish circus, which does not even deserve a response".

He asked the worldwide community to keep up diplomatic pressure on the countries concerned to achieve that, but offered few other details. Since the start of the civil war in neighboring Syria, Israel has regularly intervened to check the expansion of Iran and its Lebanese proxy Hezbollah, which has backed the Bashar al-Assad-led Syrian regime in Damascus.

Netanyahu also slammed the Iran nuclear deal which was primarily orchestrated by the Obama administration.

Angry exchanges between the two countries have intensified recently with the bitter Syrian war spilling over into a wider proxy fight and Iran's role in the ongoing Yemen conflict enraging Israel and the West.

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"Israel will not allow Iran's regime to put a noose of terror around our neck".

"So the time is now, we think, to act against Iran", McMaster said. "Why couldn't they intercept the missile?" said the top general.

He said: "The US and Israeli leaders don't know Iran and don't understand the power of resistance and therefore, they continuously face defeat".

"If the report of 70,000 rockets is accurate, it's important to note that Iran has also transferred a massive rocket arsenal of 180,000 to Hezbollah", Schanze said.

This could be the beginning of big and serious steps which the global arena has started taking to confront Iran through the two stances taken by United States and Europe to halt Iran's frivolity in the region.

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On the presidential campaign, then-candidate Trump criticized the nuclear agreement, calling it "the worst deal ever", and promised to tear it up.

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster at the Munich conference Saturday urged the worldwide community not to do business with Iran because, he said, profits would go toward funding the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, an elite branch of the Iranian military. Further he condemns the act of arming the Houthi rebel group by Iran as opposed to the continuous denial from Tehran.

Zarif suggested that Netanyahu might be escalating tensions with Iran to distract from his domestic problems. "We pray for peace, this is the Jewish culture, and we should do whatever we can to be there".

Information for this article was contributed by David Rising and Geir Moulson of The Associated Press; by Katrin Bennhold and Isabel Kershner of The New York Times; and by Griff Witte and Michael Birnbaum of The Washington Post.

The foreign ministers of Iran, Russia and Turkey plan to meet in Kazakhstan in two weeks to prepare the ground for a summit due to be held in the Turkish city of Istanbul on Syria, the TASS news agency cited Zarif as saying on Monday.

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