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easter -- iran's territory, the stockpile for nuclear weapons. and remove the underground facility and the advanced centrifuges. and four, stop all work at the heavy water reactor in iraq. these steps would put an end to iran's nuclear weapons program, and eliminate it's breakout capability. there are those who would read illy agree to leave iran with a residual capability to enriched uranium. i would advise them to pay close attention to what rouhani said in a speech to iran's superpeople coupletural
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revolution. a country that could enrich uranium to about 3.5%, will also have the capability to enrich it to about 90%. having fuel cycle capability, virtually means that a coup try that possesses this capability is able to produce nuclear weapons. precisely. this is why iran's nuclear weapon's program must be fully and a verifiably dismantled, and this is why the pressure on iran must continue. here is what the international community must do. first keep up the sanctions. if iran advances its nuclear weapons program during negotiations strengthen the sanctions. second, don't agree to a partial deal.
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a partial deal would lift international sanctions that have taken years to put in place. in exchange for cosmetic concessions. third, lift the sanctions only when iran fully dismantles its nuclear weapons program. my friends the international community has iran on the ropes. if you want to knock out iran's nuclear weapons program peacefully, don't let up the pressure. keep it up. we all want to give diplomacy with iran a chance to succeed, but when it comes to iran, the greater the pressure, the greater the chance.
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three decades ago, president ronald reagan famously advised trust but a verify. when it comes to iran's nuclear weapon's program, here is my advice: distrust, dismantle, and a verify. ladies and gentlemen, israel will never acquiesce to a nuclear arms in the hands of a rogue regime that repeatedly promises to wipe us off the map. against such a threat, israel will have no choice but to defend itself. i want there to be no confusion at this point. israel will not allow iran to get nuclear weapons. if israel is forced to stand alone, israel will stand alone. yet in standing alone, israel
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will know that we will be defending many, many others. the dangers of a nuclear-armed iran, and the emergence of other threats in our region, have lead many of our arab neighbors to finally recognize that israel is not their enemy. and this affords us the opportunity to overcome historic animosities and build new relationships, new friendships, no hoping. israel welcomes engagement with the wider arab world. we hope our common challenges will help up forge a solid future. and we continue to seek a peaceful resolution with our pal
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st stan -- palestinian neighbors. i remain committed to achieving an historic rec con sill la sill -- reconciliation, in building a better future. i have no illusions about how difficult this will be to proceed. 20 years ago the peace process began. six israeli prime ministers, myself included have not succeeded in achieving peace with the palestinians. i'm prepared to make painful concessions, but so far palestinian leaders haven't been willing to make the concessions that they must make. the palestinians must finally
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recognize the jewish state, and israel's injurity needs must be met. i'm prepared to make app historic compromise for genuine and enduring peace, but i will never compromise the one and only jewish state. ladies and gentlemen, one cold day in the late 19th century, my grandfather, nathan, and his younger brother judah, were standing in a railway station in the heart of europe. they were seen by a group of anti-semitic hoodlums, who ran towards them waving clubs, screaming death to the jews.
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my grandfather shouted to his younger brother to flee and save himself. and he then stood, alone, against the raging mob to slow it down. they beat him senseless. they left him for dead. and before he passed out, covered in his own blood, he said to himself, what a disgrace. what a disgrace. the descendants of the macbies line the mud, powerless to defend themselves. he promised himself then that if he lived, he would take his family to the jewish homeland and help build a future for the jewish people.
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i stand here today as israel's prime minister because my grandfather kept that promise. and so many other israelis have a similar story, a parent or grandparent, who fled every conceivable oppression and came to israel to start a new life in our ancient homeland. together we have transformed a blej ended jewish nation. defending itself from the curds of modern macabyes. in our time the biblical prophesies are being realized. as the profit amissaid, they should rebuild ruined cities and inhabit them.
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they shall plant vineyards and drink their wine. they shall fill gardens and eat their fruit, and i will plant them upon their soil, never to be uprooted again. [ speaking hebrew ] ladies and gentlemen, the people of israel have come home never to be uprooted again. [ applause ]
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>> and powerful words there from israel prime minister, benjamin netenyahu. and coming up next, we'll examine the prime minister's address, and we're awaiting a briefing by president obama from the rose garden. and we'll bring you that live when it happens. ç]
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welcome back to al jazeera. we're expecting a briefing from president obama at any moment now, but before that happens, let's go to our john terrett at the united nations. john are their any surprises that you saw just now?
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>> no, i'm afraid not. i think that was a very, very strong speech from prime minister benjamin netenyahu. it was splattered with sound bites, which i think he is hoping will be picked up by the media around the world. there was nothing really that was new. this is what he has been saying for a long time. he said that israel will never allow iran to get a nuclear bomb and is prepared to go it alone if it comes to that, a reference to the new warning of the relationship between washington and tehran. let me give you some of the sound bites. he said what the previous president was a wolf in wolf clothing, hassan rouhani is a wolf in sheep's clothing. he said the only waves that iran
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has made in the past 30 years is waves of terrorism, and he said i wish i could believe president rouhani, but i don't. he said iran's savage record flatly contradicts the smoothing words, and iran is not building a peaceful nuclear program, iran is building nuke bar weapons. he said sanctions have taken a big bite out of their economy, which is why they are making nice now, and president rouhani thinks he can have his yellow cake and eat it too. that is a reference to the process you have to go through to bill nuclear weapons. >> the question, john, then becomes, i mean were his words
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strong enough to change the u.s. interaction with iran coming up? >> well, prime minister netenyahu came to the white house yesterday to have a -- [ technical difficulties ] -- we know they don't really like each other very much. but they clearly like each other enough to be able to sit down and work together as adults. we know the prime minister netenyahu came with a couple of time lines in mind. if not a time line to iran's nuclear facilities, because you heard that he really believes iran is building a nuclear weapon, if not that time line, then a time line with president obama about ending what he sees is this unnecessary diplomatic discussion. he didn't get that concession. the president did not give him
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that concession. instead he said i want to give this diplomatic tract a try, and asked prime minister netenyahu to go along with this at least until geneva on the 15th and 16th of october. i think prime minister netenyahu is in a very, very difficult position. because when the previous president was in power, everybody could hate him, because he was a thug who said things that upset everybody was very vicious towards israel. president rouhani despite what prime minister netenyahu just tried to make out in his speech doesn't come across that way. because if the united states, its great ally in the world and region is having warm relations with its great enemy than it
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puts him in a very difficult position with regard to any kind of solo strike despite what he said just now. it changes the whole dynamic in the region, if you will. >> john let's turn for a minute to palestine. netenyahu said six of his predecessors have not been able to achieve peace with palestine. do you think his speech right now changes anything? >> well, again, it's nothing knew new. he expressed a desire of his own and the israeli people to have peace with the palestinians, but he said what he always says which is that the palestinians haven't recognized sufficient state of israel, and haven't proved the necessary need to show that israel could be kept secure. so although we're deep in talks behind the scenes lead by
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secretary of state john kerry and senior israeli and u.s. diplomats, the -- the basic issues surrounding the palestinians has not changed, and we were hoping that that might be a headline in this week's general assessably, and it turned out not to be. >> john thanks so much for being with us. and right now we're still waiting for the president to speak live from the rose garden, but for more i'm joined by a professor of international relations at nyu. thank you for joining us. >> thank you. my pleasure. >> we just listened to netenyahu. he called the previous president a wolf in wolf clothing, and rouhani a wolf in sheep's clothing. is that true?
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>> i think it is quite true. if you listen to what rouhani has been doing over the last ten or 12 years, and from his perspective there's no reason the united states or anyone else should believe rouhani. israel is under tremendous economic pressure. iran has every reason to lift this pressure, and this is probably one of the reasons that rouhani has decided to begin with this charm offensive, but israelis won't buy it until they see a real action on the ground. >> and netenyahu said they weren't buying it. but he also said to never give up and always remain vigilant. so vigilance take on a new meaning now? >> this is from the israeli
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perspective. under no circumstances will israel allow iran to have a nuclear weapon. if the international community will not react, they will act alone. there were some words in washington that president obama might eventually settle for containing the program. netenyahu is saying no containment, and to do so, yes, we will give diplomacy a chance, but it is not open-ended, and iran must take specific steps to demonstrate it means what it says. dismantling the facilities, shipping the uranium to other countries. >> professor you mentioned
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washington, but what about iran? what would iran's reaction to netenyahu's speech be? >> of course they are not going to like it, but i think if i were iranian, i would not take it lightly. i do not believe the prime minister netenyahu or any prime minister in israel will have bluffed in this regard. and as you remember he went through the history where the jews have gone over in so many years, so the words in israel never again is very serious. they take it very serious. the international community should take it seriously. when he says israel will act, it will act should it feel that no one else is doing anything about it. and i think this is a point of departure between israel and the united states. the prime minister will allow diplomacy to work up to a point, but if he comes to the
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conclusion that the united states is not prepared to take action, i think will act on its own. >> thank you so much for joining us today. >> my pleasure. president obama is expected to speak shortly in the rose garden, and we'll bring that as soon as it happens. you are watching al jazeera america.
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joints us live from washington. randall what are we expecting to hear from the president today? >> morgan we would expect that he could be repeating what he said throughout this entire crisis. first of all beginning last night when he agreed to continue funding for the paychecks for active duty military, and calling on congress to take steps to continue funding for all of the government. we understand that some federal workers have already received furlough notices, but we also hear that paychecks are in the mail for work already completed; that they will be paid at least once, and if this shutdown ends quickly, they will continue to be paid. i think the next pay period is october 15th. so that's some good news. whether the president has made any progress, whether he has been on the phone with republican leaders, i don't know. and it is apparent, at least
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based on what senate majority leader harry reid recently said, it's apparent that there is still a very, very wide divide between republicans who want to do something to slow down the affordable care act, and democrats who are saying they don't want to touch it. >> thank you so much, randall pinkston. and right now al jazeera, libby casey joining us live from capital toll hill. libby, congress is currently in session focusing on the shutdown. can we expect any real month today? >> it is not looking possible, optimistic. i could happen but it is not looking likely at this point. the deal is that republicans in the house need to be able to make concessions, because the democrats have said we're not going to negotiate while the shutdown is in place, and we're not going to negotiate if obamacare is on the table. the latest measure the
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republicans tried to pass called for delaying the health care law for a year and they were trying to get rid of subsidies for hill staffers, so capitol hill members and members of congress themselves to be able to get on these health care exchanges, and that is not acceptable to the senate. we're waiting for the president to speak, and this is a momentum act for the health care law, because today is when these places where people can shop for insurance kick off. they open today, and then we'll see on january 1st the next huge phase of the health care law as we watch for big rollouts. so president obama interesting political moment. he is going to be celebrating this day when the healthcare law has a huge landmark moment, and he is talking to americans whom he says will benefit from these
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mandates and exchanges, at the same point it's a political hot potato up here on capitol hill. it's so hard to know where it will go, because it is a very big law, so it's all sort of projection at this point in terms of how successful rollout and using these marketplaces will be, so it's going to be one of these battles we have to stay tuned to, both for the politics and how it impacts americans lives. >> the truth is, libby, we have been here before. congress using budget deadlines to push for concessions on other issues is now almost becoming standard practice. will we see this again in a few weeks to raise the debt ceiling. >> the debt ceiling debate is a
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big one. it could have implications on the global economy. is this battle going to be a turf war that gets fought out, both sides can move to some terms and then go to the next battle, or are we going to see this consistent fighting go on over the next few weeks? and no one knows the answer to that yet. what we can do is look back to the last time we had this big budget battle. when the federal government did shutdown, bill clinton was president, newt gingrich was the speaker of the house, and theyened up shutting down the federal government, and it lasted a few week's time and in the end the republicans came out as the political losers. however, in the year afterwards there were a lot of negotiated deals. there were some -- as one looks
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back on it, some moments where republicans and democrats could come together. so come forward 17 years, are we fighting out some battles that will clear the air a little bit or is congress fundamentally different? and a lot of people say it is fmly different because we have these tea party people in the house who say they are not just fighting to gain points, they are fighting for real. nay are not going to give up on their crusades. >> libby thanks so much for joining us this afternoon. right now we're waiting for president barack obama to speak live from the rose garden. we'll take a quick break and i'll be back with you in just two and a half minutes.
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>> welcome to al jazeera. i'm morgan radford. here are the stories we're following for you right now. the halls of government are mostly silent after the shutdown began. >> when it comes to iran's nuclear weapons program, here's my thoughts. distrust, dismantle and verify. >> israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu telling the world not to trust iran when it comes to nuclear energy =fpl, ae affordable care act rolling out today.


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