Netanyahu: 'Militant Islam Threatens the World'

By Eric Scheiner | May 24, 2011 | 1:56 PM EDT

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures while addressing a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 24, 2011. Vice President Joe Biden, left, and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, right, listen. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

( - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, while speaking about Iran, told the U.S. Congress today that militant Islam threatens the world and a militant Islam armed with nuclear weapons is the “greatest danger of all.”

In his speech to a joint session of Congress, Netanyahu said an Iran armed with nuclear weapons would become a “clear and present danger” across the globe. "This is why I ask you to continue to send an unequivocal message that America will never permit Iran to develop nuclear weapons," he said.

"Now time is running out," Netanyahu said. "The hinge of history may soon turn, for the greatest danger of all could soon be upon us: a militant Islamic regime armed with nuclear weapons."

“Militant Islam threatens the world. It threatens Islam,” He added.

Netanyahu said he believed militant Islam would ultimately fail, but expressed concern that it could exact a “horrific price” before its demise.

“A nuclear-armed Iran would ignite a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. It would give terrorists a nuclear umbrella. It would make the nightmare of nuclear terrorism a clear and present danger throughout the world,” Netanyahu said.

"I want you to understand what this means, because if we don't stop it, it's coming," said Netanyahu. "They could put a bomb anywhere. They could put it in a missile; they're working on missiles that could reach this city. They could put it on a ship inside a container; could reach every port. They could eventually put it in a suitcase or in a subway.

"Now, the threat to my country cannot be overstated," said Netanyahu. "Those who dismiss it are sticking their heads in the sand. Less than seven decades after 6 million Jews were murdered, Iran's leaders deny the Holocaust of the Jewish people while calling for the annihilation of the Jewish state. Leaders who spew such venom should be banned from every respectable forum on the planet."

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