Netanyahu: Iran a ‘Twist of the Knob’ from Nuclear Capabilities


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warns American Jewish leaders about Iran's nuclear program at a conference in Jerusalem.


World peace talks with Iran have had little effect on their uranium enrichment scheme, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned at the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations on Feb. 17. 

"If Iran perches itself as a threshold state in which it has all the elements of a nuclear weapon in place, they'll just have to do one little twist of the knob to get final enrichment of fissile material that is the core of a nuclear weapon," Netanyahu said in his speech, according to a transcript that was later released by his office.

The conference, held in Jerusalem, brought together members of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the Jewish Federations of North America, the Anti-Defamation League and several other notable organizations in the Jewish world. 

Netanyahu focused the first half of his speech on the threat of the Iranian nuclear program. He asserted that the danger posed by Iran's weapons development applies to the rest of the world.

"The range" of Iran's long-range ballistic missiles program "is geared to Europe and soon to the United States," Netanyahu said. "It's not for us." 

The second half of his speech focused on the ongoing peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

To view a video of Netanyahu's speech, click on the video icon at the top right of the screen.



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