Published: Wed, December 14, 2016
World | By Tasha Manning

Netanyahu says he hopes to work with Trump to undo Iran deal

Netanyahu says he hopes to work with Trump to undo Iran deal

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he believes U.S. President-elect Donald Trump will be a good friend to Israel and hopes the two countries can work together to dismantle the global nuclear agreement with Iran.

"I know Donald Trump", Netanyahu tells CBS's "60 Minutes" in an interview that will air Sunday night. "But I think if they want to see what the future could be, come to Azerbaijan and see the friendship and the partnership between Israel and Azerbaijan".

"I haven't changed my vision for two states for two peoples", he added.

Relations between Israel and Azerbaijan are an example of coexistence, said Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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Stahl then asked Netanyahu about his relationship with President Obama and their publicized differences over issues like the Iran nuclear deal. When the deal was being drafted, Netanyahu repeatedly warned the White House that it was a "very bad deal" that would do the opposite of what it intended, i.e., it would give Iran a path to a nuclear bomb. "Israel's relations are flourishing in an unprecedented manner", Netanyahu said. Netanyahu also said that his speech to Congress in 2015, during which he castigated the nuclear deal as it was being negotiated, was not a personal jab at Obama.

During his campaign, Trump was harshly critical of the nuclear deal. Israel fears that Iran's nuclear program is created to threaten its existence. "And the problem isn't so much that Iran will break the deal, but that Iran will keep it, because it just can walk in within a decade - and even less and certainly within 12 years - can just walk in to industrial scale enrichment of uranium to make the core for an arsenal of nuclear weapons", Netanyahu said.

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