Remarks by PM Netanyahu at start of Cabinet meeting (Excerpts)

September 17, 2013

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear

Related Country: 

  • Israel

In another week-and-a-half or so I will travel to the UN General Assembly. I will first meet with US President Barack Obama.

I intend to focus on the issue of stopping Iran's nuclear program. The way to stop Iran's nuclear program requires four steps:

  1. Halting all uranium enrichment;
  2. Removing all enriched uranium;
  3. Closing Qom; and
  4. Stopping the plutonium track.

Only a combination of these four steps will constitute an actual stopping of the nuclear program, and until all four of these measures are achieved, the pressure on Iran must be increased and not relaxed, and certainly not eased.

I believe that the events of recent weeks have confirmed the assumptions upon which we have been acting:

1. A recalcitrant state that develops or acquires weapons of mass destruction is certainly likely to use them. It is possible to say that ultimately it will use them.

2. Only a credible military threat can allow diplomacy or other steps to effect a halt to this armament process.

3. Israel must continue to build up its strength so that it will always be able and ready to defend itself by itself against any threat. I reiterate something that is familiar to you: If I am not for myself, who will be for me? I say this collectively on behalf our people.