Israeli PM: Europe Must Confront, Not Appease Terrorist Iran

Wednesday, 12 September, 2018 - 19:00
Asharq Al-Awsat

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticized Europe on Wednesday for “reconciling” with Iran instead of countering its “terror regime.”

Netanyahu's remarks, made in a cabinet meeting, feed into his ongoing efforts to sway world leaders to join the United States in upping pressure on Tehran through sanctions.

"The time has come for the world to unite in the fight against terrorist organizations. It is doing so to a certain extent against the ISIS group, but it is not doing so against Iran," Netanyahu said.

"The appeasement of Iran abets the relentless assault on the values and security of the free societies, and the time has come for Western governments to join the strong and clear effort by the Trump administration against the terror regime in Tehran," Netanyahu said on Wednesday.

In May, US President Donald Trump withdrew from a nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, before re-imposing a first major round of unilateral sanctions on Tehran in August.

Netanyahu had consistently called for the landmark 2015 accord to be altered or scrapped, saying it was too limited in scope and time-frame, and did nothing to stop Iran financing militant activities in the region.

European powers are seeking to save the nuclear deal and have vowed to keep providing Iran with the economic benefits it received from the accord.

Netanyahu accused European leaders of "appeasing" and "reconciling" with Iran.

Washington has sought to build up multilateral pressure on Iran and has set a November 5 deadline for halting its oil exports.

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