Sep 21, 2021

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that he is looking forward to speaking with President-elect Donald Trump about the “bad nuclear deal” with Iran.

“Israel is committed to preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. That has not changed and will not change,” Netanyahu said in a satellite address to the 13th Annual Saban Forum, hosted by the Brookings Institution.

Netanyahu said he opposes the Iran nuclear deal because “it doesn’t prevent Iran from getting nukes, it paves the way for Iran to get nuclear weapons.”

The Israeli leader also said that Iran is developing a ballistic missile program that could potentially threaten the U.S.

“The Iranians are developing intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). And for those who forget, Israel and Iran are in the same continent, we’re in the same neighborhood. They’re not developing these ICBMs for us, they’re developing it for you, for America,” he said.

Netanyahu also lauded U.S.-Israel ties and said that “as an Israeli, I can say that we have no better friend than the United States of America, but as someone who is in the region I can say that America has no better friend than Israel.”

“I look forward to discussing with the new administration how we can continue to work together to strengthen Israel and confront the common threats that face both of us, and also seize common opportunities that have developed because of these common threats,” he said.