Israel PM takes aim at Iran, thanks US for support

Israel PM takes aim at Iran, thanks US for support
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leaves the White House, Monday, March 5, 2018, in Washington after a meeting with President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (neh-ten-YAH’-hoo) says Iran is responsible for “darkness descending” on the Middle East by building an anti-Israel empire.

Netanyahu tells the annual pro-Israel AIPAC policy conference that “we must stop Iran, we will stop Iran.”

He is accusing Tehran of a litany of malevolent acts throughout the region including in Lebanon, Syria and Yemen.

Netanyahu also renewed his attack on the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, saying it had made the world more dangerous. He praised President Donald Trump for threatening to withdraw from the accord if it isn’t toughened.

Netanyahu’s comments came a day after he met Trump at the White House and thanked him for recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and saying he’d moved the U.S. embassy there.