Benjamin Netanyahu warns Israel will not allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told thousands of Jewish community leaders gathered in New Orleans from around the country that Israel will not allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon, and stands ready to negotiate a meaningful peace, but only if it guarantees Israeli security. Appearing before most of the 4,000 delegates at a meeting of the Jewish Federations of North America, Netanyahu launched a broad defense of his administration's policies in the Middle East, with Iran at the center of Israel's threat radar. He did not touch on continuing apartment building in disputed East Jerusalem, carried on despite U.S. pleas for a halt because the U.S. believes it complicates the peace process. Netanyahu told the warmly sympathetic crowd that Israel depends on the American Jewish community to back its policies. However, his address was briefly interrupted five times by shouts from individuals protesting the Israeli occupation and Israel's domestic security policies. The protesters, from an organization called Jewish Voices for Peace, were quickly hustled out of the room by security guards. Â© 2010 NOLA.com. All rights reserved.