Netanyahu thanks West for blocking Mideast nuclear initiative

PM reportedly thanks US, Canada and Britain for block in UN on Egypt initiative, just day after Obama gives speech on US support for Israel

Netanyahu’s public address on Monday evenings (GPO)

Prime Minister Netanyahu (GPO)

Prime Minister Netanyahu thanked the United States, Britain and Canada on Saturday, specifically US Secretary of State John Kerry and President Obama, for blocking Egypt’s proposed nuclear arms ban in the Middle East Friday.

The Prime Minister spoke with Kerry on Saturday to “to convey his appreciation to President Obama and to the Secretary”, following the United States, Canada and Britain blocking the global document aiming for a nuclear-weapons free world stating that no state can “cynically manipulate”.

An official for the Prime Minister stated that, “The United States kept its commitment to Israel by preventing a Middle East resolution that would single out Israel and ignore its security interests and the threats posed to it by an increasingly turbulent Middle East.”

Netanyahu thanked Obama following the President’s speech of support for the State of Israel on Friday during Jewish American Heritage Month. During the speech, Obama addressed the United States strong ties to Israel as well as a nuclear Iran.

Obama stated in his speech that, “Our strategic partnership with Israel will remain, no matter what happens in the days and years ahead. And that’s why the people of Israel must always know America has its back, and America will always have its back.”

On US support for Israel, he stated that “It would be a moral failing on the part of the U.S. government and the American people, it would be a moral failing on my part if we did not stand up firmly, steadfastly not just on behalf of Israel’s right to exist, but its right to thrive and prosper. Because it would ignore the history that brought the state of Israel about. It would ignore the struggle that’s taken place through millennia to try to affirm the kinds of values that say everybody has a place, everybody has rights, everybody is a child of God.”

On Iran, Obama stated, “As part of that commitment, there’s something else that the United States and Israel agrees on: Iran must not, under any circumstances, be allowed to get a nuclear weapon. Now, there’s a debate about how to achieve that — and that’s a healthy debate. I’m not going to use my remaining time to go too deep into policy — although for those of you who are interested — we have a lot of material out there.” He added that “The deal that we already reached with Iran has already halted or rolled back parts of Iran’s nuclear program. Now we’re seeking a comprehensive solution. I will not accept a bad deal… this deal will have my name on it, so nobody has a bigger personal stake in making sure that it delivers on its promise. I want a good deal.”

Obama did however stated that, he “can’t stand here today and guarantee an agreement will be reached,” but stated that “But nothing is agreed until everything is agreed. And I’ve made clear that when it comes to preventing Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, all options are and will remain on the table.”

On Iran’s support for terrorist groups and terror through out the region, Obama stated that “there remains the broader issue of Iran’s support for terrorism and regional destabilization, and ugly threats against Israel. And that’s why our strategic partnership with Israel will remain, no matter what happens in the days and years ahead. And that’s why the people of Israel must always know America has its back, and America will always have its back.”