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    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu voiced  strong opposition to the international agreement on Iran's nuclear development program drafted Thursday.

    Netanyahu to Obama: Iran Nuke Deal Threatens Israel’s Survival

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    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu voiced "strong opposition" to the international agreement on Iran's nuclear development program drafted Thursday.

    Speaking with US President Barack Obama by phone, he said the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which emerged from the final round of talks in Lausanne, Switzerland, "would threaten the survival of Israel."

    Netanyahu had said that any deal must "significantly roll back" Iran's nuclear capability and that this framework "would not block Iran's path to the bomb. It would pave it."

    Netanyahu called for increased pressure from the international community "until a better deal is achieved."

    Israel's Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz also expressed his displeasure at the deal.

    "The smiles in Lausanne are detached from wretched reality in which Iran refuses to make any concessions on the nuclear issue and continues to threaten Israel and all other countries in the Middle East."

    Steinitz added that military option was still on the table. However, many doubt Israel will strike Iran's nuclear facilities.

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