TEL AVIV – Iran intends to develop intercontinental ballistic missiles to ultimately strike the United States and not Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned during a live webcast addressing the U.S. Jewish community Tuesday.
“Iran’s terrorist regime continues to develop intercontinental ballistic missiles,” Netanyahu told Jewish supporters opposed to the Iranian nuclear deal.
That agreement, intended by Western powers to rein in Iran’s nuclear weapons development program, will give Iran open access to world markets, billions of dollars in funds and more. Meanwhile, Iranian leaders have claimed it does not even require them to dismantle their facilities.
“I want to make it clear to you,” Netanyahu continued. “Iran is not building these ICBMs to hit Israel. They already have missiles that can hit Israel everywhere. They are building these ICBMs to hit you. To hit the United States.”
“You are the Great Satan,” he added. “We are just a small Satan.”
Netanyahu referenced a 416-page book titled “Palestine” by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in which Iran’s Supreme Leader called for the destruction of Israel, which he refers to as an ally of “the American Great Satan.”
Netanyahu stressed Khamenei made the declaration “not in a statement” or in a press release but “in a book.”
Continued Netanyahu: “He (Khamenei) says in recent speeches that despite the deal, Iran’s number one enemy is still the United States of America and that Iran’s conflict with America will continue after the deal.”
The Israeli leader lashed out at a White House claim that opponents of the Iran deal want war, calling the contention “outrageous” and “utterly false.”
He asserted “the alternative is still no deal or a better deal – not war.”
“We’re on the frontlines,” Netanyahu stressed, declaring “the days when the Jewish people could not speak out for themselves are over.”
Regarding U.S.-Israel relations, Netanyahu said the bond between the two countries “is so fundamentally strong that it will continue to remain strong. Because it’s based on something so deep. It’s based on our shared values.”
He said the policy disagreement over Iran “has never been personal.”
The webcast, which included a brief question and answer session, was sponsored by American Friends of Likud, the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish American Organizations together with Jewish Federations across the nation.