Netanyahu: J'lem Withdrawal Will Bring Iran to Capital|
By Avi Tuchmayer
18 Adar Bet 5768, 25 March 08 09:03
(IsraelNN.com) Opposition leader Benyamin Netanyahu warned Sunday that an
Israeli withdrawal from any part of Jerusalem would lead to the creation of an
Iranian base in the heart of Israel.
"The Iranian threat (must be neutralized) before it arms itself with a
nuclear bomb. In addition, Iran must be prevented from building its main bases
in the region, from Gaza to Lebanon, and particularly in Jerusalem," he said.
Netanyahu has been warning about Iran's nuclear ambitions for more than a
decade. His 1995 book Fighting Terrorism contains a chapter entitled "The
Specter of Nuclear Terrorism" that focuses largely on the Islamic Republic, and
outlines the history of Iran's nuclear installations at Bushehr and Isfahan and
concludes with a chilling warning about terrorist groups and states obtaining
nuclear weapons: "(They will) invariably deploy them in the service of
their aggressive purposes."
In addition to security issues, Netanyahu told US Vice President Dick Cheney
that basic religious freedoms for non-Muslims would be endangered by ceding
parts of the capital to Iran and its latest prodigy, the Hamas terrorist
"Hamas, Iran and other forces affiliated with them will take control of it.
They will threaten Jerusalem's wellbeing, Israel's security and the freedom of
worship for millions of pilgrims and members of the different religions who
visit the city today," he said. Cheney replied that the US administration
understood the situation.
Netanyahu also reiterated his call to the Shas Party to quit the government
over ongoing negotiations over Jerusalem with the PA, which Foreign Minister
Tzipi Livni confirmed on Friday. Earlier this month, the Shas party
received some 185 million shekels in government funding for its institutions as
part of its coalition agreement.
Original article: Israel Naional News
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