(Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser)
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, today (Tuesday, 17 September 2013), made
the following remarks at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting:
"In another week-and-a-half or so I will travel to the UN General Assembly. I will first meet with US President Barack Obama.
I intend to focus on the issue of stopping Iran's nuclear program. The way to stop Iran's nuclear program requires four steps:
- Halting all uranium enrichment;
- Removing all enriched uranium;
- Closing Qom; and
- Stopping the plutonium track.
Only a combination of these four steps will constitute an actual
stopping of the nuclear program, and until all four of these measures
are achieved, the pressure on Iran must be increased and not relaxed,
and certainly not eased.
I believe that the events of recent weeks have confirmed the assumptions upon which we have been acting:
1. A recalcitrant state that develops or acquires weapons of mass destruction is certainly likely to use them.
It is possible to say that ultimately it will use them.
2. Only a credible military threat can allow diplomacy
or other steps to effect a halt to this armament process.
must continue to build up its strength so that it will always be able
and ready to defend itself by itself against any threat.
reiterate something that is familiar to you: If I am not for myself, who
will be for me? I say this collectively on behalf our people.
Regarding our people, the holidays are almost upon us. I wish the entire people of Israel a Happy Sukkot
Go out and enjoy it with your families. There is a reason why I am
certain that this will be a happy holiday and that is because the UN
recently issued the World Happiness Report
and I was not surprised that Israel rose several places and is now in
11th place, ahead of many developed countries. Soon we will be in the
top ten. Thus, I would like to wish all Israeli citizens a happy and