Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday addressed the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, where he explained his upcoming speech at the US Congress about the Iranian nuclear threat.
"I'm going to Washington because as Prime Minister of Israel, it's my obligation to do everything in my power to prevent the conclusion of a bad deal that could threaten the survival of the State of Israel. The current proposal to Iran would endanger Israel," he emphasized. "It would enable Iran to breakout to its first nuclear device within an unacceptably short time. And it would allow Iran to build an industrial capability to enrich uranium that could provide the fuel for many bombs in the coming years."
Netanyahu warned "a regime that openly calls for Israel's destruction would thus have finally the means to realize its genocidal aims."
He noted that he had accepted the invitation to address the Congress "because a speech before Congress allows Israel to present its position to the elected representatives of the American people and to a worldwide audience; because Congress has played a critical role in applying pressure to the Iranian regime…and because Congress may very well have a say on the parameters of any final deal with Iran. That's why I'm going to Congress."
Turning the speech that has been widely criticized by the left on its head, Netanyahu remarked "I think the real question that should be asked is how could any responsible Israeli prime minister refuse to speak to Congress on a matter so important to Israel's survival? How could anyone refuse an invitation to speak on a matter that could affect our very existence when such an invitation is offered?"
Responding to accusations that his speech was an affront to the Democratic party, the prime minister said "I don't see this issue in partisan terms. The survival of Israel is not a partisan issue. It concerns everyone, all the supporters of Israel from every political stripe. The fight against militant Islamic terrorism is not a partisan issue."
"I think the greatest danger facing humanity is the possibility that any movement or any regime of militant Islam will arm itself with the weapons of mass destruction. Everything that we see in our region now will pale by comparison. Everything that we see in Europe will pale by comparison," he warned.
Iran creating three fronts against Israel
Iran has been expanding its reach through proxy terror groups such as Hezbollah in Lebanon, Hamas in Gaza, and most recently the Houthis in Yemen who have seized control by besieging the Yemenite government and forcing it to collapse.
Commenting on this trend, Netanyahu said "when a militant Islamic regime that is rampaging through the region right now – that's what Iran is doing, it's conducting a rampage through the region – when such a regime has nuclear weapons, the whole world will be in peril."
"Look at what Iran is doing now without nuclear weapons. States are collapsing. And Iran is plunging forward. It's already controlling four capitals. It's controlling now through its Houthi proxies the Bab-el-Mandeb Straits," he said, noting on a strategic point in Yemen controlling the Red Sea and access to Eilat.
Netanyahu stated Iran is "trying to envelope Israel with three terrorist tentacles – Lebanon, Hezbollah, Hamas in Gaza and now it's trying to build with its Hezbollah proxies a third front in the Golan."
"Now can I guarantee that my speech in Congress will prevent a dangerous deal with Iran from being signed?" asked Netanyahu, returning to the speech. "Honestly, I don't know. No one knows. But I do know this – it's my sacred duty as Prime Minister of Israel to make Israel's case."