You were telling me in the commercial break
that today was the kind of day that you never
thought you’d see.
You pinch yourself while you’re at the ceremony
to wonder whether you’re dreaming or is this
But it was really happening.
Let’s talk about Iran.
Is pulling out of the deal making it less
safe for Israelis or Americans?
I mean critics are saying the president just
opened up a big can in the Middle East.
Is that what he did?
I think people who say that don’t know what
they’re talking about.
The Iran deal is extremely dangerous for the
State of Israel.
It meant that the Iranians could build as
many ballistic missiles as they wanted, and
it meant that at the end of the period of
time of the deal the Iranians could enrich
as much uranium as they wanted, take the enriched
uranium, put it together with the missiles
that they can build, and you have a nuclear
arsenal, and the Iran deal doesn’t prevent
that from occurring.
All right, so you know the minute we pulled
out, we heard ambassador reports of Iran doing
like these side deal situations with Europe,
some European countries, so that maybe they
could resolve or stay in the agreement.
Now there are reports that maybe we would
work with Europe.
Where should we be in all of this with regard
to France and Germany and the like?
Look, I think ultimately the Europeans will
come around and support the United States.
No matter what we do?
Well, it has to be within reason.
I mean, do we have to get back to this deal
in some way?
No, you do not have to get back in this deal,
and this deal is a threat to them.
You know, the Iranians have been busy supporting
terrorism on European soil, in Vienna, Austria,
and Berlin, Germany, in Paris, and they’re
the first ones who should have problems with
it, and they have to be reminded of that.
So moving forward now, you’ve got North Korea
on one side, and we’ll get to that in a little
bit, but with Iran, you know, it’s also the
fact that they’re on the ground in Syria,
and what we’re seeing – now that I’m here
in Israel I totally get what’s happening.
What they want to do is encircle Syria, I
mean encircle Israel, so Iran puts troops
on the ground in Syria, these proxy troops,
and then you’ve got what happened on the Gaza
Strip today, and then you’ve got Hizbullah
on the Lebanon side.
That’s absolutely true, and you’ve found the
heart of Iranian strategy.
I used to meet with Saudis and I’d say, “You
know what they’re doing to you?
They’re going into Yemen.
They’re trying to go into Bahrain.
Of course, they’re in Iraq.
They’re encircling you.”
That’s what they’re trying to do to us, and
that is the Iranian approach: encircle your
“You know, we’ve had Iranian missiles shot
at Israel from Lebanon.
They have Iranian missiles shot at them from
It’s the same strategy.
They have to be defeated.
They’re the cause of all the instability
in the Middle East, and even now these poor
young Palestinians who are going charging
up to our fence are being pushed by the Iranian
Revolutionary Guards who promoted this escalation
They’re using the Palestinians to create a
diversion, but we have to protect our border.
Everybody has to protect this border from
a mass invasion of people who want to come
into your country.
The president says that we have new respect
around the world, the United States, and that
he is dedicated to Middle East peace.
Can you talk with me, before I let you go,
just about that aspect of where we are today?
The world is a very dangerous place.
I think President Trump walked into a world
with threats everywhere, and frankly countries
are waking up and saying, “You know what?
Unless somebody creates some kind of world
order, we’re all in danger.”
I think they appreciate what President Trump
has done, whether you’re in Korea, whether
you’re in the Middle East, or any other point
that is currently threatened and facing deterioration.
I think slowly but surely, with the deal with
North Korea, with getting out of the bad Iran
deal, the world will be a safer place.