CNN’s Chris Cuomo attempted to match wits with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on “New Day” Tuesday and tried to nail down whether or not Israel has nuclear weapons.
“A ‘yes-no’ question for you,” Cuomo said. “You know where I’m going with this. Does Israel have nuclear capabilities and nuclear weapons, yes or no?”
“We’ve always said that we won’t be the first to introduce it, so we haven’t introduced it,” Netanyahu replied.
“That’s not an answer to the question. Do you have them or do you not?” Cuomo asked.
“It’s as good an answer as you’re going to get,” Netanyahu said. “Iran said they don’t have this nuclear weapons program and Iran calls daily for the annihilation of my country. We don’t do that.”
Cuomo admitted Iran has a reputation for being dishonest but continued to press the prime minister about his country’s nuclear program.
“If disclosure matters so much, what message does it send when you won’t confirm something that is widely believed by the entire international community?” Cuomo asked. “How does that inspire the spirit of disclosure?”
Netanyahu said it wasn’t about disclosure but about a “commitment” made by Iran to disclose “what it has.”
“You can make all your assumptions,” Netanyahu continued. “One thing is clear, Israel is not threatening the annihilation of any country.”
“Everybody now in the Middle East is trying to get their hands on nuclear weapons,” Netanyahu concluded. “Not a good idea.”
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