7 August 2023

Prime Minister Netanyahu told a delegation of U.S. lawmakers that “the most important thing is to produce a credible military threat to Iran. The other thing is use it. We don’t want a world in which Iran can threaten New York or Washington or Los Angeles or anything in between with nuclear weapons. Certainly we’re not going to have one in which they could annihilate Israel, which they call a one-bomb country. It's an abhorrent statement but it tells you where they are”. He further asserted that “we will do everything in our power, with or without this or that [nuclear] agreement, to defend ourselves”.

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