Shapiro at 9/11 ceremony: U.S. won’t allow Iran to have nuclear weapon


JERUSALEM (JTA) — U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro at a 9/11 ceremony outside Jerusalem said the United States “would not permit Iran to be armed with a nuclear weapon.”

Shapiro made his remarks Tuesday at the Living Memorial monument in Arazim Park, which contains the names of the nearly 3,000 victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, including the five Israelis. The memorial ceremony remembering those who perished in the attacks was by the U.S. Embassy in Israel and the KKL-Jewish National Fund.

The envoy called the attacks “a pain that perhaps dulls with time but never truly leaves us.”

"There is no nation that better understands our pain, and there is no nation that better identifies with our experience than Israel,” Shapiro said.

He also said that “An Iran armed with a nuclear weapon is an unacceptable threat, and we will not permit it to be realized.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a joint news conference Tuesday with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov also marked 9/11, which the Israeli leader called "the greatest terror attack of all time."

"We know that this malignancy threatens the entire world," Netanyahu said. "And we know that the free countries and the principled countries have to stand together to defeat it. And we know that we have, with you, such a partnership, and I have no doubt that we shall prevail."

Five Israeli tourists and the tour bus driver were killed July 18 when a suicide bomber attacked the bus shortly after the group’s arrival at the airport in Burgas, Bulgaria.


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