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    Netanyahu Says All Options Available to Prevent a Nuclear Iran

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference in Washington, March 5, 2012.
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference in Washington, March 5, 2012.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says his country cannot afford to wait much longer for diplomacy and sanctions to deter Iran’s nuclear program.

    Speaking to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, AIPAC, Prime Minister Netanyahu said all options are on the table to keep Iran from obtaining a nuclear bomb.

    “The Jewish state will not allow those who seek our destruction to possess the means to achieve that goal," he said. "A nuclear armed Iran must be stopped.”

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    Netanyahu’s remarks followed a meeting at the White House with President Barack Obama, who urged the Israeli prime minister to give sanctions time to curtail Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

    Netanyahu says sanctions are hurting Iran’s economy but Tehran’s nuclear program continues to march forward.

    “My friends Israel has waited, patiently waited, for the international community to resolve this issue.  We have waited for diplomacy to work.  We have waited for sanctions to work," added Netanyahu. "None of us can afford to wait much longer.”

    Prime Minister Netanyahu praises the alliance between the United States and his country, but says when it comes to Israel’s survival, it must always remain the master of its own fate.

    Iran denies it is pursuing a nuclear weapon, saying its program is for peaceful purposes.

    Dennis Ross, a former senior advisor to President Obama on the National Security Council, is a senior analyst at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He says if Iran produces a bomb, it is likely to start a nuclear arms race in the Middle East.

    “The prospect of there being a nuclear war would be quite high.  This is not the same as the Cold War where you had only two actors and where those actors had communications.  This is a place where no country would feel that they could afford to be second, in terms of striking," said Ross. "Everyone would be acting on a hair trigger.”

    Tania Cobb, an activist who came to Washington from California to attend the AIPAC convention, says despite assurances from President Obama, she is still nervous about the possibility of Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon.

    “We missed the mark with North Korea.  We have missed the mark in many other situations as well," she said. "This is a very sensitive issue where we cannot afford to make a mistake.”

    Both Israel and the United States oppose a policy of containing an Iran armed with an atomic bomb.

    However, officials from both countries have expressed different views on what might trigger military strikes against Tehran’s nuclear program.

     

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    by: VINCENT GALASSI
    March 09, 2012 4:21 AM
    PRIME MINISTER YOU NEED TO GIVE CLASSES TO MANY OF OUR SO CALLED POLITICAL LEADERS THEY LACK FOCUS COMMITMENT AND THE STONES TO DO WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION GOD BLESS AND BE SAFE MY FRIEND...................

    by: mervin
    March 07, 2012 3:42 AM
    Israel should stop druming up for war,if she wants it, should just do it itself if they can manage to attack Iran.

    by: Gab to Ramildo Caldas of Brazil
    March 07, 2012 3:25 AM
    One more reason why Iran should fully cooperate with the UN. One more reason why Saddam should have fully cooperated with the UN. Read the hazard warning on the label.

    by: Gab to Naren of Australia, think before you post!
    March 07, 2012 3:12 AM
    Israel can never disarm itself while surrounded by those who want to destroy them? Also, Israel has proven itself to be a good steward of their nuclear capability over the last forty years by never threatening any one with it or giving intimidating demonstrations. Not one Country in forty years has come to the UN and said we feel threatened by Israel having nuclear capability. And last, are you an aborigine, or do you have a different cultural heritage?

    by: Naren
    March 06, 2012 9:34 PM
    What about Nuclear Israel???Why doesn't Israel take a leed and disarm it self fest rather than action like USA.By the way, can some one tell me in how many countries Jews live and nationals of how many countries Israel allow to live in Israel?

    by: Romildo Caldas
    March 06, 2012 3:51 PM
    United States and Israel are realy sure that Iran is getting ready to obtain Nuclear Weapons? In past days United States said Iraq had Nuclear Power. How wrong they were! What a pity! First of all, Israel needs to solve the difficulties with the Palestinians.

    by: Gab to JR, a lot of people think like you
    March 06, 2012 1:57 PM
    That is why you need some facts: The question of Statehood was resolved with the 1947 U.N. partition plan (a Jewish State and a "ARAB" State living side by side). Six ARAB armies invaded the newly formed Jewish State, in an UNSUCCESSFUL attempt to destroy it. The West Bank(Jordan) and Gaza(Egypt) were taken in 1967, and these staging grounds for war became disputed territory from which Israel has had to endure decades of terrorist attacks on its civilians. Every attack was an act of War.

    by: JR
    March 06, 2012 8:43 AM
    Israel would have to stop killing palestinians first, give back their lands and their water, that is, stop to promote a holocaust against that people, probably worse than that the jews suffered in the World War II. After that all over the world, not only US, could support jewish's purposes. I am sure that a lot of people think like me.

    by: G. Larque Vaye
    March 06, 2012 6:49 AM
    We cannot afford to see another Hitler in the Middle East when the Iranian leader possesses atomic weapon. Israel will indeed be his target. Already he wants the Jews annihilated by all cost. What more when given the chance to do so? America, Britain and all peace- loving nations must stop this mad man.

    by: Amir
    March 06, 2012 5:02 AM
    i am sending this email from Tehran using psiphon3 software.cause your site has been filtered.i agree Mr.Netanyahu
    giving too much attention on diplomatic and sanction ways gives Iranian leaders this chance to have nuclear weapon and that time we are going to have an atomic attack to Israel and other European countries.while they simply deny this terrorist attack,
    Russians are doing a big mistake o this case
    Thank you very much
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