TEL AVIV — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu used an annual doomsday drill here to reiterate warnings that a looming deal between world powers and Iran will pave the way for nuclear weapons and could put billions of dollars in the hands of extremist, terrorist-supporting leaders in Tehran.
During a visit Tuesday to the Israeli military’s Homefront Command — coordinator of a five-day national emergency preparedness exercise called Turning Point 15 — Netanyahu flagged the threat of increasingly capable Iranian-supplied rockets and missiles.
“When it comes to Israel’s security, I rely first and foremost on ourselves,” Netanyahu said against a backdrop of first responders and top officials, including Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) chief of staff.
The approaching agreement with Tehran will not only pave the way for “Iran to have many atom bombs,” Netanyahu said, but will enable it to use “the billions that will flow into its coffers” to continue to arm Israel’s enemies with rockets, missiles and other weaponry.
“Therefore, we will do all we must to ensure Israel’s security, and we’ll continue to defend the homefront and Israeli citizens, as we are doing in this exercise,” he said.