Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has described Iran as a foe of the United States, warning Washington that Tehran cannot help eradicate problems in the Middle East.
“Iran is not a partner of America. It’s an enemy of America,” Netanyahu said via video to the Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly, which had gathered in Washington, DC.
“Some people have suggested Iran can help America solve the problem of the Middle East, but Iran is not part of the solution, it’s a huge part of the problem,” he claimed.
On November 6, American daily Wall Street Journal reported that US President Barack Obama had secretly written to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei in the middle of last month and described a shared interest in fighting ISIL militants in Iraq and Syria.
Iran is “an enemy of America and it should be treated as an enemy,” Netanyahu stressed.
Ayatollah Khamenei has said that efforts by the US and its allies against ISIL are not genuine and that groups like ISIL and al-Qaeda were created to confront Iran and deal with the wave of Islamic Awakening in the Middle East and Africa.
The Israeli premier further warned against any progress in the talks between Iran and the P5+1 group — France, Britain, the US, Russia and China, plus Germany.
“Instead of holding firm and demanding that Iran dismantle its program, the international community is reportedly — and I hope these reports do not prove to be true — willing to leave Iran’s nuclear program largely intact,” Netanyahu said.
“The worst thing that can happen now is for the international community to agree to a deal that leaves Iran as a threshold nuclear power and removes the sanctions. That would be a disaster of historic proportions,” he added.
Iran and the six world powers are in talks to work out a final deal aimed at ending the longstanding dispute over the country’s peaceful nuclear activities as a November 24 deadline approaches.
Source: Press TV