(Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met on Tuesday evening (22 October 2013)
with Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta.
said at the start of their meeting that while Iran says it wants a deal
in which it will have civilian nuclear energy, this is not the real
issue. He noted that many countries in Europe, North America and Asia
have nuclear energy with neither centrifuges nor plutonium and added
that Iran is insisting on centrifuges and plutonium in order to be able
to produce enough materials for a nuclear bomb. The Prime Minister
asserted that this is the reason why the UN Security Council has passed many resolutions, including that of 2010
, which called on Iran to dismantle the centrifuges and halt the production of plutonium.
Minister Netanyahu said that if Iran retains these capabilities it will
be able to advance quickly toward the production of bombs. He pointed
out that the Iranians can move directly from enrichment at the low level
of 3.5% to a level of 90% without the need for an interim level of 20%
and added that they must not be allowed to do so. He declared that our
aspiration for peace is liable to be severely affected if Iran succeeds
in its aspiration. At this point in time, the Prime Minister said, when
Iran is close to the economic breaking point, it would be tragic if it
succeeded in evading the sanctions. He concluded that we must make
certain that Iran will not have nuclear weapons capabilities and added
that we can do so by peaceful means.