Iran will be at the top of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s agenda this week during a three-nation swing through Western Europe.
“Tomorrow I will leave for Europe to meet with three main leaders: Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron and Theresa May,” Netanyahu said at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on Sunday. “While I will discuss with them developments in the region, the emphasis will be on Iran, first of all on continuing to block Iran’s nuclear program.”
“Of course,” he added, “I will reiterate an unchanging truth: Israel will not allow Iran to achieve nuclear weapons.”
“The second thing,” Netanyahu went on to say, “is the blocking of Iran’s plans for expansion and aggression throughout the Middle East, especially in Syria. I will also insist on a basic principle: Israel retains — and will continue to retain — freedom of action against the establishment of an Iranian military presence anywhere in Syria.”