Israeli Deputy Speaker Says Iran Will Be Stopped

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President Obama created an uproar when he said he couldn't meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during the his recent trip to the United States.

It was another sign of the strained relations between the U.S. and Israeli governments over issues like Iran's nuclear program and construction projects in Israel's capital city of Jerusalem.

CBN News recently spoke with a risng star in Israeli politics who had some tough words for the Obama administration.

"President Obama stood with the Palestinians and he tried to force-to bully-our prime minister to make concessions," said Danny Danon, deputy speaker of the Israeli Knesset and chairman of the international branch of Netanyahu's Likud party.

Danon's new book, Israel: The Will to Prevail, declares that Israelis should control their own destiny despite heavy pressure from the United States and the United Nations.

This is especially important, he told CBN News, when it comes to Iran's rapidly advancing nuclear weapons program.

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"We are getting ready to take action-with or without the U.S.," Danon said. "It should be a joint effort between the U.S., Europe and Israel. But if the world will be silent, we will not be silent. And if we have to choose between allowing Iran to build a bomb or to bomb Iran, we will choose the second option and we will bomb Iran."

Danon's unapologetic defense of Israel's interests resonates with a growing number of Israelis who are tired of giving up land for peace only to get more war from their Muslim neighbors.

"Enough with giving land," he told CBN News. "Enough with giving concessions. Enough with President Obama telling us to go back to the '67 lines. We will not do it. We will not get out from our homeland. We will build in Judea and Samaria."

Danon said that Israel should annex, or claim, Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria--also known as the West Bank--and let the Palestinians in those areas govern themselves.

The United States and others have supported the idea of a Palestinian state alongside Israel, the so-called "two-state solution." But Danon calls that idea a failure. He advocates a "three state solution" that would not see the creation of a full-blown Palestinian state.

Rather, Jordan and Egypt would join Israel in providing land to the Palestinians where they could live.

CBN News asked Danon how he believed Jordan and Egypt would respond to this initiative.

"I think today they would say 'no way,'" Danon responded. "I know it's a hard sell because people today want to see a fast solution. They want to see us sign an accord and finish the conflict. It doesn't work that way in the Middle East."

In the end, Danon said Israel's claim to the land, including Judea and Samaria, is about much more than security, it's about a covenant.

"We have biblical rights," he explained. "It is written in the Bible: it belongs to the Jewish people. For me, that's enough. I don't need any more than that."

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Erick Stakelbeck

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