Netanyahu to Europeans: Get Tough With Iran

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Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu was in Berlin Thursday, urging German Chancellor An-Gela Merkel to get tough with Iran. 
    
Netanyahu warned that Europeans must enforce much stronger sanctions against Iran than are now in place. 
    
But the Europeans are more interested in Israel talking with the Palestinians.

Netanyahu warned his German hosts that time is getting short for stopping Iran's nuclear weapons program, and that the world needs to launch "crippling sanctions" against the Tehran regime.

Merkel hinted at tougher sanctions, but stressed the need for a freeze on Jewish settlements in the West Bank and for renewing talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

Netanyahu said he is ready.

"If it was up to me it would have been done four months ago because I was prepared and am prepared to meet the Palestinian Authority leadership without preconditions and let's just get on with it," Netanyahu said. "And I think that is actually a very good suggestion. Let's just get on with it."

After Netanyahu's meeting with U.S. Middle East Envoy George Mitchell in London Wednesday, both U.S. and Israeli spokesmen suggested talks could start up soon, perhaps in late September at the U.N.

At another stop in Germany Thursday, the prime minister was shown the original blueprints for the Auschwitz death camp in Poland, where more than one million Jews died in World War II. The plans were discovered last year, and include blueprints for the de-lousing facilities and the gas chambers. A german publisher is giving the plans to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem.

"There are those who say that the Holocaust never happened," Netanyahu said. "Perhaps at this moment, we will say, let them come to Berlin. And from tomorrow we say let them come to Jerusalem and look at these plans, these plans for the factory of death."

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