Egyptian Host to Israel: 'Put Trust in God and Bomb Iran'
JERUSALEM, Israel -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continued to raise the red flag over the Iranian nuclear deal this weekend, while getting some unexpected support from a neighbor.
"In the last few days, Iran has shown again why it can't be trusted," Netanyahu said in a videotaped statement in English.
Meanwhile, Egyptian TV personality Tawfik Okasha called Netanyahu "our dear friend" and suggested Israel take out the Bushehr Nuclear Reactor.
"Put your trust in God and bomb it," Okasha said. "We are with you and if you need fuel for the jets, we will give it to you."
That's a big switch for Egypt. For decades, its media and press were among some of the most virulent anti-Israel in the world.
Netanyahu continues to be at odds with the United States and international powers over a nuclear deal that Netanyahu has called a "bad deal."
"Iran insists on maintaining its formidable nuclear capabilities with which it could produce nuclear bombs. Iran insists on removing all sanctions immediately. And Iran refuses to allow effective inspections of all its suspect facilities. At the same time, Iran continues its unbridled aggression in the region and its terrorism throughout the world," Netanyahu said.
The Israeli prime minister said now is the time for the international community to get a better deal with Iran.
"So let me reiterate again the two main components of the alternative to this bad deal: first, instead of allowing Iran to preserve and develop its nuclear capabilities, a better deal would significantly roll back these capabilities -- for example, by shutting down the illicit underground facilities that Iran concealed for years from the international community.
"Second, instead of lifting the restrictions on Iran's nuclear facilities and program at a fixed date, a better deal would link the lifting of these restrictions to an end of Iran's aggression in the region, its worldwide terrorism and its threats to annihilate Israel," he said.
Netanyahu said that Iran is the one who needs a deal more than anyone and that should encourage the international community not to make "dangerous concessions" but rather "fortify its original demands for a better deal."
"We must not let Iran, the foremost sponsor of global terrorism, have an easy path to nuclear weapons which will threaten the entire world," he added.