Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the emerging agreement being negotiated over Iran’s nuclear program confirmed all of Israel’s worst fears and warned that Iran was trying to “conquer the entire Middle East.”
“This agreement as it appears confirms all of our concerns and even more so,” Netanyahu said at the opening of his weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on Sunday, March 29, 2015. Netanyahu said he has "deep concern" over a pending nuclear deal the West appears close to signing with Israel's arch-enemy Iran. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty, Pool)
Netanyahu accused Iran of trying to control the entire Middle East and blasted what he termed a “Beirut-Damascus-Baghdad axis,” referring to Iran’s regional allies of Hezbollah, Syrian President Bashar Assad and Iraq’s Shiites.
“Even as meetings proceed on this dangerous agreement, Iran’s proxies in Yemen are overrunning large sections of that country and are attempting to seize control of the strategic Bab-el-Mandeb straits which change the naval balance and the global oil supply,” Netanyahu said. “Iran is carrying out a pincer maneuver in the south as well in order to take over and conquer the entire Middle East.”
The prime minister situated the Swiss city of Lausanne, where negotiations are underway, as another stop in Iran’s efforts at regional domination, saying, “The Iran-Lausanne-Yemen axis is very dangerous for humanity and must be stopped.”
Secretary of State John Kerry and his German and French counterparts canceled their travel plans in order to be available in Lausanne for negotiations, reflecting the intensity of the efforts to reach a framework agreement by the Tuesday’s deadline.
Netanyahu met Sunday with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and over the weekend spoke by phone with Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and expressed his concerns to them about the emerging deal.
The prime minister’s office posted video of his opening remarks with English subtitles — watch below: