Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu opened his weekly Cabinet meeting Sunday by noting Iran's many human rights violations.
"The US Department of State released this weekend the annual report on the subject of human rights violations," Netanyahu began. "It turns out that parallel to talks with world powers, Iran [still] appears at the top of the list – because of executions, torture, arbitrary political arrests, restrictions of liberties, violation of freedom of religion, violation of freedom of a fair trial, Holocaust denial, oppression of minorities, persecution of the gay community, and more."
Netanyahu stated that the report is a denial of all authorities who claim that the election of current Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has made Iran more liberal.
"This report joins another statement issued by the American government just a week ago, which states that during the talks with world powers, Iran has stepped up its aggression in the region, the armament of lethal weapons and terrorism which is spreading throughout the world," he added. "Iran tramples on human rights, spreads terrorism, and is assembling a huge military infrastructure – and despite this, talks are continuing as usual."
Netanyahu blasted the international community for ignoring these reports ahead of a looming June 30 deadline for a nuclear agreement.
"Two days before the expiration date for the talks to achieve agreement among world powers and Iran, all of these things are pushed aside – they ignore all this, although it is officially known," Netanyahu fired, adding that "concessions to Iran are growing."
"We are seeing before our eyes the withdrawal of distinct red lines the powers have set themselves," he said. "There is no reason to rush to sign this bad agreement, which gets worse every day. It is not too late to go back and demand that Iran meet the requirements to actually prevent it from acquiring nuclear weapons."