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Israeli PM Netanyahu: Japan Situation Has ‘Caused Me To Reconsider’ Nuclear Power

In an interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan set to air tonight, prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel said the expanding threat of a nuclear catastrophe in Japan has changed his thinking on the safety of nuclear power. “It certainly caused me to reconsider the projects of building civil nuclear power plants,” Netanyahu said. “I have to tell you I was a lot more enthusiastic about it than I am now.”

Netanyahu, whose conversation with Morgan touches on Israel, Palestine, the spread of uprisings in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya, said what’s happening in Japan is a “confluence of a natural disaster and a man-made disaster. And the cloud of radioactivity, the uncertainty of what will happen with it, is the cloud that hangs over the people of Japan, and the people of the world.”

Netanyahu said natural gas may give Israel an alternative to nuclear:

“Are you saying you might actually stop any kind of nuclear program in Israel,” asked Morgan. “I don’t think we’re going to pursue civil nuclear energy in the coming years,

The full interview airs on Piers Morgan Tonight at 9 p.m. ET. Watch the clip here, from CNN:

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