Iran is seeking nuclear weapons to carry out its genocidal designs against Israel, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Monday in Berlin as he began a three-day European tour aimed at persuading Germany, France and the United Kingdom to agree to tougher measures against Tehran following President Trump’s withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action nuclear deal.
“Iran is seeking nuclear weapons to carry out its genocidal designs,” Netanyahu said. “We know that for a fact. We have shared that with the German government, information that we retrieved from a secret atomic archive.”
Netanyahu said the archive had provided a lot of new information that he called on the International Atomic Energy Agency to investigate.
“It is important to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon. I commit that I will not let that happen,” Netanyahu said.
Netanyahu added that in addition to its nuclear ambitions, Iran was trying to “conquer the Middle East.”
“It is doing so in Syria, it is doing so in Yemen, and it is doing so in other places,” he said. Iran, Netanyahu added, was trying to entrench ground, air and naval forces in Syria to “Israel’s backdoor with the specific goal of attacking us.”
“We cannot accept that,” Netanyahu said. “Iran should leave Syria, all parts of Syria,” he added.
Merkel said that while Germany and Israel had a difference of opinion on the usefulness and effectiveness of the JCPOA, the two countries shared the “same goal that Iran must never get a nuclear weapon and the difference between us is how to do that.”
Last Thursday, Netanyahu spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin by phone to discuss “some aspects of the Syrian peace settlement and the pressing issues on the bilateral agenda,” according to a report from the Kremlin press service.
The phone call between the two leaders came amid reports that Iranian and Hezbollah forces are preparing to withdraw from southern Syria in conjunction with negotiations on the future of the area.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a London based organization monitoring the situation in the country, said had received information regarding negotiations between regional and international parties about the current and future situation of military forces operating in the countryside of Daraa and Quneitra on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights near the border with Israel.
The SOHR said Iranian forces, Hezbollah and affiliated militias would not be allowed into the border area, that rebel and Islamic factions would hand over heavy weapons and border points would be handed over to the regime.
The report follows comments Wednesday by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that that only Syrian forces should be present in areas alongside the country’s border with Israel and Jordan.
Meanwhile, earlier on Thursday, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman met in Moscow with his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu.
By: TPS Staff