Netanyahu: Any final Iran deal must include recognition of Israel’s right to exist

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, April 3, 2015. (photo credit:KOBY GIDEON/GPO)

Any final nuclear deal with Iran must include a clear and unambiguous recognition by Tehran of Israel’s right to exist, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Friday.

Netanyahu’s comments came after a meeting of the security cabinet called to discuss the framework agreement agreed upon Thursday between the world powers and Iran in Lausanne. This was the first time he has called for an explicit recognition of Israel by Iran.

Netanyahu said that Israel would not accept an agreement that “allows a country that vows to annihilate us to develop nuclear weapons, period.”

In recent days senior Israeli officials have spoken openly about possible Israeli military action if need be to prevent Iran from getting a bomb…