'Dangerous accord' with Iran worse than Israel feared: PM Netanyahu

JERUSALEM (AFP) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday denounced as "dangerous" a nuclear accord that world powers are negotiating with Iran, saying it goes beyond what his government had feared.

"The dangerous accord which is being negotiated in Lausanne (Switzerland) confirms our concerns and even worse," Netanyahu said in remarks at a meeting of his cabinet broadcast on public radio.

Netanyahu denounced the “Iran-Lausanne-Yemen axis which is dangerous for all of humanity and which must be stopped,” making a reference to the Swiss city where the talks are taking place.

The premier warned that Iran could be in a position to “conquer” the Middle East through what he called the “axis” of control it has over the capitals of Iraq, Lebanon and Syria.

The Israeli leader also said that his country had “strong, bipartisan support” from both Republican and Democratic lawmakers in the United States.

His comments came after Gilad Erdan, a member of Netanyahu’s Likud party, said that the “Congress could be the last obstacle to lifting of the sanctions against Iran” once any accord is concluded.

Netanyahu angered the White House when he addressed a joint session of the Congress to warn against a nuclear deal with Iran in the lead up to Israel’s March 17 general election.