Israel will not allow Iran to attain nuclear weapons, Prime Minister and Defense Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday just hours after Iran announced that it would suspend some of its commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.
The Prime Minister made the comments during his address at the annual Israeli memorial day ceremony at the central military cemetery on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem.
“This morning, on my way here, I heard that Iran intends to continue its nuclear program. We will not let Iran get nuclear weapons,” said Netanyahu. “We will continue to fight our enemies, and will strike our roots even deeper in our homeland. That is what our heroes did at the dawn of the nations’ rebirth, and we march in their path.”
Referring to the recent flare-up that led to the killing of four Israelis as some 700 rockets pounded the south from the Gaza Strip, Netanyahu said, “The events of the last few days show clearly what our struggle is about – about the efforts of those who seek our harm, who want to destroy our country and uproot us from our land. Our enemies have tried to do this time after time in the past hundred years, but they have failed.”
Earlier Wednesday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said during a televised speech from Tehran that the Islamic Republic would keep its excess enriched uranium and heavy water, and set a 60-day deadline for new terms for its nuclear deal.