Netanyahu warns against working with Iran to combat Islamic State

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Credit: Cherie Cullen.

( Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in response to a Reuters report that Iran is willing to work with the U.S. and its allies to combat the Islamic State terror group in exchange for more flexibility on uranium enrichment, warned against any collaboration with Iran.

“They are saying that the major powers need to go easy on Iran's nuclear program so that Iran will fight ISIS,” Netanyahu said in a speech at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem on Sunday. “[Iran] is fighting ISIS for its own interests. They are fighting over who will be the ruler of the Islamist world that they want to set over the entire world. It is as if [Bashar] Assad would say, ‘Go easy on my chemical weapons. Give me back my chemical weapons so that I can fight ISIS.’ Both are absurd.”

“Menachem Begin would reject this outright and so do I,” added Netanyahu. “Iran must not be allowed to become a nuclear threshold state.”

Posted on September 22, 2014 .