Israel criticises international 'leniency' towards Iran

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has urged the West not to be fooled by Iran’s diplomacy on its nuclear programme..

On November 24, Iran agreed to curb some sensitive nuclear activities for six months in return for limited relief from sanctions.

Netanyahu made the statement after displaying what Israel says are seized Iranian-supplied missiles bound for militants in Gaza. Israeli military officials say the shipment included 40 M-302 surface-to-surface rockets manufactured in Syria and capable of striking most of Israel from the Gaza Strip.

Some 80 mortar shells and 400,000 rifle rounds were laid out alongside the pier at a navy base in Eilat, from where the Israeli prime minister spoke to the press.

During his address, Netanyahu referred to EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton’s most recent visit to the Iranian capital, Tehran.

“Above all, they deceive themselves into believing that Iran is giving up its goal of developing nuclear weapons,” he said. “I heard a few faint condemnations of Iran from the international community after we intercepted this murderous shipment.”

According to intelligence officers in Israel, shipping documentation connects the confiscated stockpile to Iran.

However Tehran, as well as Gaza’s Islamist Hamas rulers, have rejected the findings as fabrications.