Good news: Iran has not crossed the nuclear red line... yet
Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke on Thursday to the same group of Israeli diplomats who were chewed out by National Security Council Chief Yaacov Amidror
earlier in the week. Netanyahu told the diplomats that Iran has not crossed the nuclear red line... yet
"Iran remains the number one threat," Netanyahu said, adding that
there was a chance for positive change if Iran was prevented from
getting a nuclear weapon.
Netanyahu said in the short term he expected the regional tribulations to continue.
Netanyahu was accompanied to the meeting by his national security advisor, Yaakov Amidror, who chastised the envoys when he addressed them earlier this week
for asking critical questions of Israel's decision to announce
construction plans beyond the Green Line in response to the
Palestinians' successful upgrade bid at the UN in November. Amidror said
that the envoys could either faithfully represent the government's
decisions, or resign.
Ministry officials said that the incident
did not come up during the meeting with Netanyahu, though the prime
minister did address the issue of E1, saying that what was stopping any
progress along the diplomatic front with the Palestinians was not an
announcement of planning for E1, but rather the Palestinian refusal to
recognize Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state within any borders.
warned that Hamas could take control "any day" of the Palestinian
Authority , and therefore "concrete security arrangements" needed to be
included in any agreement, as well as a recognition of Israel as the
nation state of the Jewish people, an end to the "right of return"
claim, and an honest declaration of an end-of-conflict declaration.
Netanyahu cited an editorial in The Washington Post on Wednesday to support his assertion that the E1 announcement was not the barrier to progress on the diplomatic front.
What could go wrong?
Labels: Binyamin Netanyahu, E-1, Hamas, Iranian nuclear threat, Israel is a Jewish state, Yaakov Amidror