Netanyahu holds firm, jabs Iran talks

Feb 26, 2015, 4:38 AM EST
Gali Tibbon/AFP/Getty
Gali Tibbon/AFP/Getty

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave a speech Wednesday in which he accused global powers of walking back on their promise to prevent the advent of a nuclear Iran, Reuters reports.

"I respect the White House and the President of the United States," he said, "but on such a fateful matter, that can determine whether or not we survive, I must do everything to prevent such a great danger to Israel." Netanyahu is apparently dismayed by negotiations with Iran, which may include allowing the country to continue enriching uranium at low levels. 

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has questioned the judgement of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu over his stance on Iran's nuclear program, writes the BBC. The Israeli P.M. "may not be correct", Kerry said after attending the latest Iran nuclear talks in Geneva.

Kerry was reacting to a speech in which Netanyahu had said the U.S. and others were "accepting that Iran will gradually, within a few years, develop capabilities to produce material for many nuclear weapons". Having just concluded the latest round of nuclear talks with Iran in Geneva, Kerry told senators President Obama had made it clear the policy was not to let Iran get nuclear weapons and Netanyahu's might therefore not be correct.