Full-Text Israel Political Brief April 30, 2018: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Speech claiming Iran is violating nuclear deal

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Speech claiming Iran is violating nuclear deal

Source: Haaretz, 4-30-18

Good evening.

Tonight, we’re going to show you something that the world has never seen before. Tonight, we are going to reveal new and conclusive proof of the secret nuclear weapons program that Iran has been hiding for years from the international community in its secret atomic archive.

We’re going to show you Iran’s secret nuclear files.

You may well know that Iran’s leaders repeatedly deny ever pursuing nuclear weapons. You can listen to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei: “I stress that the Islamic Republic has never been after nuclear weapons.” You can listen to Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani: “Nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction have no place in Iran’s security and defense doctrine, and contradict our fundamental religious and ethical convictions.” This is repeated by Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif: “We didn’t have any program to develop nuclear weapons. Anyway, we consider nuclear weapons both irrational as well as immoral.”

Netanyahu LIve – דלג

Well, tonight, I’m here to tell you one thing: Iran lied. Big time.

After signing the nuclear deal in 2015, Iran intensified its efforts to hide its secret nuclear files. In 2017, Iran moved its nuclear weapons files to a highly secret location in Tehran. This is the Shorabad District in southern Tehran. This is where they kept the atomic archives. Right here. Few Iranians knew where it was, very few, and also a few Israelis.

Now, from the outside, this was an innocent looking compound. It looks like a dilapidated warehouse. But from the inside, it contained Iran’s secret atomic archives locked in massive files. Actually, they’re a little bigger than this, okay?

A few weeks ago, in a great intelligence achievement, Israel obtained half a ton of the material inside these vaults. And here’s what we got. Fifty-five thousand pages. Another 55,000 files on 183 CDs.

Everything you’re about to see, is an exact copy of the original Iranian material.

You may want to know where are the originals? Well, I can say they’re now in a very safe place.

Here’s what the files included: incriminating documents, incriminating charts, incriminating presentations, incriminating blueprints, incriminating photos, incriminating videos and more.

We’ve shared this material with the United States, and the United States can vouch for its authenticity. We will also share it with other countries, and we’ll share it with the International Atomic Energy Agency.

So, let me tell you the history of this material.

We’ve known for years that Iran had a secret nuclear weapons program called Project Amad. We can now prove that Project Amad was a comprehensive program to design, build and test nuclear weapons. We can also prove that Iran is secretly storing Project Amad material to use at a time of its choice to develop nuclear weapons.

Here’s what Project Amad’s explicit goal was: creating nuclear weapons. This is an original Iranian presentation from these files, and here’s the mission statement: Design, produce and test five warheads, each with ten kiloton TNT yield for integration on a missile. You don’t need to read Farso to read 10 kilotons here. TNT. This is the specific goal of Project Amad. That’s like five Hiroshima bombs to be put on ballistic missiles.

This is an original Iranian spreadsheet from the archives of Project Amad. Look at what we have here. Yellowcake production, centrifuge enrichment prossess, warhead project, simulation project, and test. And indeed, when we analyzed what’s in these archives, we found that Project Amad had the all the five elements, the five key elements, of a nuclear weapons program. I want to take them one by one.

The first element is designing nuclear weapons. This is an original Iranian illustration of a weapon. Again, you don’t have to read Farsi to understand this. This is U235—that’s enriched uranium, right here at the core. That’s the only place where you find in the core enriched uranium. And here’s an Iranian simulation, original Iranian simulation putting all these components together. That’s the first component.

Second component—developing nuclear cores. Here’s a photo showing the casting process and a cast metal core, from the archives. And here’s a secret underground facility the Iranians were building to produce nuclear cores. We have hundreds of documents for each of these components.

Third component—building nuclear implosion systems. This is an original Iranian photo of a measuring device for implosions. And here’s a simulation of a nuclear implosion.

Fourth element—preparing nuclear tests. Here’s a map of five potential locations for a nuclear test in eastern Iran, One, two, three, four, five.

We have many, many more such documents.

And fifth—integrating nuclear weapons on missiles. Here’s a design for a nuclear payload on a Shahab3 missile, from the archive. Here’s the warhead, here’s the bomb. And I don’t have to remind you, I think, that Iran is continually expanding the range of its ballistic missiles, its nuclear-capable missiles. They started with 1,000 kilometers, they’re now up to 2,000, roughly. They can reach Riyadh, Tel Aviv, Moscow, but they’re working on far, far greater ranges. They’re planning much longer range missiles to carry nuclear weapons.

So these files conclusively prove that Iran is brazenly lying when it says it never had a nuclear weapons program. The files prove that.

But here’s what happened next. Iran was faced with mounting pressure in 2003. You remember that, that was following the Gulf War, so it was forced to shelve Project Amad. But it didn’t shelve its nuclear ambitions. So Iran devised a plan to do two things. First, to preserve the nuclear know-how from Project Amad, and second, to further develop its nuclear weapons related capabilities. That plan came directly from Iran’s top leadership.

There’s another document from the archive. This is following the new directive of Iran’s Minister of Defense, Mr. Shamkhani, today he’s the director of the National Security Council. Following the new directive of Iran’s Minister of Defense, the work would be split into two parts, covert and overt. A key part of the plan was to form new organizations to continue the work. This is how Dr. Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, head of Project Amad, put it. Remember that name, Farhizadeh. So here’s his directive, right here. And he says: “The general aim is to announce the closure of Project Amad,” but then he adds, “Special activities”—you know what that is—“Special activities will be carried out under the title of scientific know-how developments.” And in fact, this is exactly what Iran proceeded to do. It continued this work in a series of organizations over the years, and today, in 2018, this work is carried out by SPND, that’s an organization inside Iran’s Defense Ministry. And you will not be surprised to hear that SPND is led by the same person that led Project Amad, Dr. Farhizadeh, and also, not coincidentally, many of SPND’s key personnel worked under Farhizadeh on Project Amad.

So this atomic archive clearly shows that Iran planned, at the highest levels, to continue work related to nuclear weapons under different guises and using the same personnel.

I want to give you another example of Iran’s nuclear weapons related activity that continued after Project Amad. You all remember the Fordow Facility? The Fordow Uranium Enrichment Facility. This was a secret underground enrichment facility that the Iranians built under a mountain. You don’t put thousands of centrifuges under a mountain to produce medical isotopes. You put them there for one reason: nuclear weapons, enrichment for nuclear weapons. But the files show that Fordow was designed from the get-go for nuclear weapons as part of Project Amad. Here’s an original Iranian blueprint of Fordow. And what happened was that Iran continued to build Fordow years, secretly building, years after Project Amad ended. Here’s what it looks like. That’s the entrance. It goes under a mountain. You also will not be surprised that Iran insisted on keeping Fordow. And amazingly, the nuclear deal enabled it to do it. It enabled it to do it, but this came with a hitch. Iran was required by the nuclear deal, to come clean to the International Atomic Energy Agency about its nuclear program. This was an explicit condition for implementing the nuclear deal. Iran has to come clean. So in December 2015, the IAEA published its final assessment of what it called the military aspects of Iran’s nuclear program. This is the report. This was Iran’s chance to fully come clean to the IAEA. They could tell the truth, they could say, we had this program, this secret program, it’s over, we shelved it, it doesn’t exist, we destroyed the material. Here’s what Iran actually told the IAEA. It said, Iran denied the existence of a coordinated program aimed at the development of a nuclear explosive device, and specifically denied, get this, specifically denied the existence of the Amad plan. The material proves otherwise, that Iran authorized, initiated and funded Project Amad, a coordinated program aimed at the development of a nuclear explosive device.

Here’s another document from the archive. This is the master plan of Project Amad. Iran said to the IAEA, no work has been conducted with multi-point initiation. This is multi-point initiation. You’ve got to forgive me, this jargon, this scientific terminology is something that is necessary to understand the production of nuclear weapons. But here’s what they say, no work has been conducted with MPI technology in hemispherical geometry. But again, the archive shows that this is a complete fabrication. Iran conducted extensive work with MPI technology in hemispherical geometry. There’s an example. Hundreds more documents prove it.

Iran said to the Agency, that it had not conducted metallurgical work specifically designed for a nuclear device. But the files again show that this is a lie. Iran conducted extensive metallurgical work specifically designed for a nuclear device. Here’s an original Iranian photo, plenty more in the archive.

So what I’ve shown you tonight is just a fraction of the total material that we have. But even from this sample, you can draw four main conclusions. First, Iran lied about never having a nuclear weapons program. 100,000 secret files prove that they lied. Second, even after the deal, Iran continued to preserve and expand its nuclear weapons know-how for future use. Why would a terrorist regime hide and meticulously catalogue its secret nuclear files, if not to use them at a later date. Third, Iran lied again in 2015, when it didn’t come clean to the IAEA, as required by the nuclear deal. And finally, the Iran deal, the nuclear deal, is based on lies. It’s based on Iranian lies and Iranian deception. 100,000 files right here prove that they lied.

So here’s the bottom line. Iran continues to lie. Just last week, Zarif said this: “We never wanted to produce a bomb.” Again: “We never wanted to produce a bomb.”

Yes you did. Yes you do. And the atomic archive proves it.

The nuclear deal gives Iran a clear pass to an atomic arsenal. It does so because it gives them the three components that are necessary to produce this arsenal. First, unlimited enrichment in a few years. And they plan to do that. They plan to have several hundred thousand advanced centrifuges with which they can enrich mountains of uranium for that core that I showed you before. For many, many such cores. Second, it completely fails to address Iran’s continued development of ballistic missiles. And third, and this is new, it completely fails to address Iran’s secret nuclear bomb program and its advanced work on weaponization. We just did.

So this is a terrible deal. It should never have been concluded. And in a few days’ time, President Trump will decide, will make a decision on what to do with the nuclear deal. I’m sure he’ll do the right thing. The right thing for the United States, the right thing for Israel and the right thing for the peace of the world.

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Full-Text Israel Political Brief April 23, 2018: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Speech at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center Event Marking Israel’s 70th Anniversary Transcript

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PM Netanyahu’s Remarks at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center Event Marking Israel’s 70th Anniversary

Source: PMO, 4-23-18

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Thank you Herzi Makov, and thank you distinguished diplomats and friends. It’s an honor for me to be here at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center. We’re celebrating Israel’s 70th anniversary, and we can celebrate at the same time, and for good reason, for three reasons Menachem Begin’s legacy. There are many reasons to celebrate Begin’s legacy, but I believe that three things make him stand out as a true hero of our people.

The first one is liberty. Begin was a great champion and fighter for Israel’s independence. He, in his memoir The Revolt, he wrote that the “be all and end all” of his ideology was “[f]reedom—the freedom and happiness of the individual.” Also the freedom of our people, which is what that book describes. He understood that there can be no neutrality in the fight for freedom. He wrote, “If you love freedom, you hate slavery.”

And Begin hated all forms of tyranny. He wrote that one’s “very self-respect as a human being lies in resistance to evil.” And that meant sacrifice. Begin was willing to sacrifice for the liberty of our people. He wrote, “The idea of freedom had captured our hearts completely… The individual identified himself with that idea. And if it meant the surrender of his personal liberty—he surrendered it; if it required that he leave his family—he left it; if it involved the enduring of torture—he accepted it; if it called for continuous exposure to danger—he resigned himself to it; if it demanded his life—he gave it.”

So in many ways, Menachem Begin symbolized the essence of our struggle for liberty. He fought for it, he sacrificed for it; he achieved it. And it is our struggle to be a free people in our ancestral homeland that guided his life, and he serves as an emblem and as an example for future generations, because the battle is never over.

And for the purpose of having future generations understand the necessity of sacrifice and the meaning of Begin’s life, I think that this Center serves a unique purpose. I always say that you made it too small, that the traffic flow is insufficient. How many people visit every year? [One hundred and fifty thousand.] Not enough. A hundred and fifty thousand? It should be three hundred and fifty thousand, and we should find the means to achieve this. But I want young Israelis to come here so that they understand fully the importance of being a free people in our own land—unapologetic Jews, proud Jews. This is the only way that we can maintain our heritage and secure our future.

The second reason Begin is remembered is because of security. Begin understood that security comes first. All the other attributes of independence ultimately pale and wither away if you cannot defend your security. In 1981, he dispatched the IDF to destroy the nuclear reactor of a genocidal tyrant that called for the annihilation of Israel. His policy was simple; his policy was right. He said that we will not allow regimes that call for Israel’s destruction to acquire nuclear weapons.

Does anyone remember how the world reacted to this strike? This is the strike that genuinely blocked Saddam’s path to nuclear weapons. Well, the UN passed Resolution 487 strongly condemning Israel. A leading European diplomat—I’m now the Foreign Minister, I have to be careful—he said this air strike on Saddam’s nuclear reactor was unacceptable. The New York Times of course criticized it. What’s new?

Begin was unflinching, and Israel’s policy has not changed since Begin. Israel will not allow regimes that seek our annihilation to acquire nuclear weapons. This is why we opposed so resolutely the Iran deal, because it gives Iran a clear path to a nuclear arsenal. It allows, over a few years, unlimited enrichment of uranium, the core ingredient required to produce nuclear bombs—and nothing else—and it also does not deal with the ballistic missiles that can deliver this weapon to many, many countries. This is why this deal has to be either fully fixed or fully nixed.

And I believe that Begin exemplified for us the commitment to defend Israel’s security at all costs, although I believe that in so doing, in the case of Iraq and now in the case of Iran, the security of the entire world is at stake.

There is a third reason why I think Begin is remembered with unique fondness, and that is inclusivity. Begin opened up Israeli society. Up to the election of, the great election in which the Likud won the victory under his leadership, the government never changed. It was always one party and many people felt that they were out of the loop, that they weren’t part of Israeli society. And this changed very dramatically with Begin. He immediately began a program to upgrade what we call the neighborhoods; that means those neighborhoods in development towns and in Tel Aviv and the center of the country that were left untended. They were dilapidated. And in the physical restructuring of those neighborhoods was really a psychological restructuring, telling people, all strata of Israeli society: You are all part of this one country. You all deserve a place of honor and integrity. You all can be leaders in this country.

And he changed this. He brought young mayors from the development towns into the Likud, and he truly revolutionized Israeli society and Israeli politics in the best sense of the word: inclusivity—an open, inclusive society, open to all. And this has made Israel a tremendous, tremendously vibrant country.

These are the three reasons that I think Begin is remembered with affection and respect: liberty, security, inclusivity. But there are many others.

I think the most important one is passion. Begin had a passion for our people, for our reconstituted place in history, for justice and truth. I remember that I was a young diplomat. I had just been, I just entered diplomatic life as the number two in our embassy in Washington. Israel was maligned as though the Israeli army had sent or allowed or even dispatched Christian Lebanese to commit a massacre. And he called me up, and he said, “Mr. Netanyahu…” He knew me because he knew my father. He said, “Please take a pen and a pencil and please write this blood libel.” He started, and he said, “I want an ad in the New York Times: Blood libel.” And he wrote the ad, and I wrote the ad, and it was written from the heart, from the mind too, but from the heart, because he couldn’t accept the defamation of the Jewish people. He, who understood the horrors of the Holocaust and knew what we were fighting for, knew what values we stood for, he couldn’t accept this slandering of the Jewish state.

And I felt that passion. I think every Israeli felt that passion. And I think that many around the world felt that passion too. And even though some may not have agreed with him, they respected him for it because they knew it was true.

So for these reasons and more, we remember Begin. You asked me, however, to talk about our position in the world. Well, I think Begin helped change it in many ways. I think that today Israel’s diplomatic position is better than it’s ever been, because many countries around the world understand what Israel can offer—the security we can offer against terrorism that plagues so many lands, so many continents, in fact virtually all lands in all continents, and the benefits that our ingenuity can bring to all lands in all continents. This is taking shape before our eyes.

There are many distinguished representatives here. I’ve been put right between the Ambassador of the United States, who knows this very well, and our alliance is as strong as it’s ever been. We look forward in a few days to open up the American embassy in Jerusalem, and we are deeply appreciative of President Trump’s historic decision. I just came from my office, and right next to my office is the Israeli cabinet room. And at the entrance of this cabinet room are two documents: One, President Truman’s historic recognition of the Jewish state; and right next to it, President Trump’s historic recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

So our alliance with the United States has been steadfast and growing stronger and stronger, year by year. But equally, we appreciate the fact that we have these relations, growing relations with so many others, and I am seated right next to the Ambassador of India. It’s good to see you. And I can tell you that I had a wonderful trip to India after Prime Minister Modi and I waded in the waters of the Hadera beach. It was a tremendously moving experience to see the support and enthusiasm for Israel in India.

And we see this everywhere. We see it in so many countries, in so many lands, who understand that their people can have a better life by cooperating with Israel in so many fields. I have to say that one of the meetings that I remember most was a meeting in the United Nations—yes Herzi, the United Nations. It’s not completely nothing you know. It has its uses and its purposes, and we seek the alliances with many countries, and the goodwill of the international community. We don’t always get it, and certainly we don’t get it at the UN, but at the UN I met many, many African leaders who came to a special exposition that we did on Israeli technology in Africa.

And one after the other, these young Israelis, men and women, showed what they were doing to help villagers have water. An African woman would have to walk four hours one direction to a distant well, and walk back four hours to bring water to her children. And Israeli innovation gave her water from the air. You know, Moses hit the rock and got water? These Israelis hit the air and they get water. It’s miraculous. Anything that you can think of—in agriculture, in health, in IT—Israeli technology was revolutionizing, is revolutionizing Africa.

And one African leader said to me afterwards, he said, “Tell me, tell me. What is your secret? How come this small people is making all these tremendous things? What is your secret, because we want to replicate it?” And I said, “Well, you know, if I have to explain what our secret is, it’s a unique combination. We’re an ancient people, one of the most ancient peoples on earth. We’re an ancient people with deep roots in our traditions, in our ancestral homeland, but we throw our branches to the sky, with never-ending curiosity and with this desire to change things for the better, to fix the world. We call it tikkun olam.”

And this combination of deep heritage and this constant thirst for innovation is what makes the Jewish people so unique. I think it’s what makes the Jewish state so unique, and I’m very glad that so many countries around the world today are discovering these capacities of Israel, and that our friendships are blossoming as never before.

I think much of this we have to thank for Menachem Begin. I think if Begin was with us today, I think he’d be proud. He sees that we have a thriving democracy that guarantees the freedom of the individual, the freedom of worship to all religions, just as Begin believed. We have a tolerant society that improves the lives of people around the world, just as Menachem Begin believed. We’re at peace with Egypt, a peace that Begin worked for and achieved, and we have peace with Jordan, and our hand is extended to peace to all our neighbors. And I believe that something is changing, perhaps not in our immediate vicinity with our Palestinian neighbors, but beyond that there is no question that many Arab governments, and quite a few of the Arab publics, are reexamining their attitudes towards Israel because of all the reasons that I mentioned, including Iran.

We have, I think, much to be proud for, about, and I think we have Menachem Begin to be proud about. So today I ask everyone listening to me to honor the memory of Menachem Begin. If you haven’t already done so, read The Revolt. You’ll understand what a true hero this man was, and join me and all Israelis in celebrating our 70th anniversary. I have no doubt that, in another 70 years, Israel will be even stronger and more prosperous than it is today. And Menachem Begin would be very, very proud.

Thank you.

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