Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu -- calling an interim deal with Iran on its nuclear program a "historic mistake" -- said today (November 24, 2013) that Israel "has the right and obligation to defend itself by itself against any threat," the JTA (Jewish Telegraphic Agency) website reports.
"What was agreed to last night in Geneva is not a historic agreement, it is a historic mistake," Netanyahu said today at the beginning of the regular Cabinet meeting, several hours after the agreement was announced. "Today the world has become much more dangerous because the most dangerous regime in the world took a significant step to getting the most dangerous weapon in the world."
President Obama was scheduled to call Netanyahu today to discuss the deal, under which Iran will freeze some nuclear activity in exchange for some sanctions being lifted. The United States and five other world powers -- Russia, China, Germany, Britain, and France -- signed the deal in Geneva, Switzerland late last night with Iran.
"Iran is committed to Israel's destruction, and Israel has the right and the obligation to defend itself by itself against any threat," Netanyahu said. "Israel is not obligated by this agreement. I want to make clear we will not allow Iran to obtain military nuclear capability."