JERUSALEM, Israel -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a visiting U.S. senator a nuclear-armed Iran is 1,000 times more dangerous than the Islamic State.
"As horrific as ISIS is, once Iran, the preeminent terrorist state of our time, acquires nuclear weapons, it will be a hundred times more dangerous, a thousand times more dangerous and more destructive than ISIS," Netanyahu told Sen. William Cassidy, R-Louisiana, during his visit.
The deal, Netanyahu believes, will also provide Iran with tens of billions of dollars to fund its aggressive pursuits.
"I see no reason to rush to a deal and certainly not a bad deal that paves Iran's path to the bomb, but also fills Iran's coffers with tens of billions of dollars to pursue its aggression throughout the Middle East and around Israel's borders," he said.
Netanyahu says a better deal is possible.
"I think it's important to apply pressure to get a better deal, one that avoids these two pitfalls, and I believe that this is necessary and urgent and possible for both our countries," Netanyahu told the U.S. lawmaker.
"I think we have to resist both ISIS and Iran," he said. "ISIS should be fought. Iran should be stopped."
The prime minister began the meeting by affirming U.S.-Israeli relations.
"We welcome the partnership, bipartisan, with the United States because we think that the relationship between Israel and the United States is a precious asset for both countries," Netanyahu said. "Everyone in Israel thinks as I do."