Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has declared that Israel will not abide by any future agreement with Iran and will do what must be done to protect itself and the security of its citizens. Netanyahu told reporters right before his meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday that he can imagine Iran’s satisfaction with the deal, describing how “they [the Iranians] should be happy right now because they got everything in return for nothing.”
Netanyahu continued that “Iran has got everything it wanted. They wanted to ease their economic problems after years of strict sanctions and they got it without giving anything back, not even reducing their enrichment capabilities. Israel rejects this agreement categorically.”
According to Netanyahu, several states in the region share the same opinion as he and some of them have explicitly expressed it. He also stressed again that “Israel refuses to abide by any potential agreement with Iran and will do everything to protect itself and the citizens of Israel.”
Netanyahu said the same matter applies to the negotiations with the Palestinians, explaining that “Pressure must be exerted in the right place. That place should be on the Palestinians who refuse to move forward. Despite all pressures, the Israeli government will not compromise on Israel’s national security and vital interests.”
The US Secretary of State reportedly cancelled plans to make a joint statement with Netanyahu at the beginning of his meeting in order to avoid a public confrontation between the two, instead deciding to let Netanyahu talk alone when he attacked the potential deal with Iran.