Israel Political Brief March 2, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu upon arrival in Canada says Israel is allowed to defend itself against Iranian nuclear threat

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Netanyahu: Israel has right to defend itself

Upon arrival in Canada, prime minister says Jewish State is allowed to defend itself against Iranian nuclear threat

Source: YNet, 3-2-12

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel has the right to defend itself against Iran, which he said calls and works for Israel’s destruction. He also stated that Iran should dismantle its underground enrichment facilities.

Netanyahu made the remarks Friday in a photo opportunity before meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Ottawa.

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The prime minister dismissed the idea of renewed international negotiations with Iran aimed at preventing the country from building a nuclear weapon.

“It could do again what it has done before, it could pursue or exploit the talks as they’ve done in the past to deceive and delay so that they can continue to advance their nuclear program and get to the nuclear finish line by running up the clock, so to speak,” Netanyahu said after concluding his meeting with Harper.

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“I think the international community should not fall into this trap,” he said.

Netanyahu will meet with President Barack Obama on Monday, and Iran will be a major concern….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief March 2, 2012: Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu arrives in Canada ahead of US talks

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Israel PM arrives in Canada ahead of US talks

Source: AFP, 3-2-12

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in Canada on Friday ahead of White House talks next week expected to focus on halting Iran’s controversial nuclear drive.

Shortly after his arrival, Netanyahu met privately with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, a keen backer of Israel. He was to travel on to Washington on Sunday.

“Among the things I’d like to discuss with you is the remarkable turbulence that is shaking the Middle East, and of course, Iran’s relentless pursuit of a nuclear weapons,” Netanyahu said to Harper as the two leaders sat down for talks in Harper’s parliamentary office.

“I know from many conversations we have had that you share my view that this is a grave threat to the peace and security of the world, and I think it is important that the international community not allow this threat to materialize.

“As for Israel, like any sovereign country we reserve the right to defend ourselves against a country that calls and works for our destruction.”….READ MORE

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