Israel warned on Tuesday that Western offers of negotiations to get Iran to end its nuclear program risk giving the Islamic state time to complete an atomic bomb.President Obama told the United Nations General Assembly he welcomes Iran’s recent moderate rhetoric on the nuclear issue. .”Iran thinks that soothing words and token actions will enable it to continue on its path to the bomb,” Netanyahu said, according to The Times of Israel. “Like North Korea before it, Iran will try to remove sanctions by offering cosmetic concessions, while preserving its ability to rapidly build a nuclear weapon at a time of its choosing.”
.”An official Israeli assessment said Iran has centrifuges for quickly turning low-enriched uranium into bomb fuel, putting it on a fast track to atomic arms. An Israeli government estimate leaked to The Washington Post said the centrifuges are capable of turning stores of low-level uranium into bomb fuel “within weeks.”
Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid said Israel must be open to attempts at a peaceful resolution. “We have to let the Iranians be the ones to reject peace and not appear as though we’re the ones who are not open to change,”
Some Israeli Cabinet members were critical of Obama for saying his Middle East priorities are the nuclear issue and an agreement for an independent state for the Palestinians in the West Bank. Obama referred to the West Bank as being occupied by Israel.