News

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.”

Watch related video

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.

 

Join the conversation on our social journalism site -
Middle East Voices
. Follow our Middle East reports on
Twitter and discuss them on our Facebook page.
This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments page of 4
    Next 
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
Comments page of 4
    Next 

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Turkey's Main Opposition Party Hopes for Election Breakthroughi
X
May 22, 2015 10:23 AM
Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party has sought an image change ahead of the June 7 general election. The move comes after suffering successive defeats at the hands of the Islamist-rooted AK Party, which has portrayed it as hostile to religion. Dorian Jones reports from the western city of Izmir.
Video

Video Turkey's Main Opposition Party Hopes for Election Breakthrough

Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party has sought an image change ahead of the June 7 general election. The move comes after suffering successive defeats at the hands of the Islamist-rooted AK Party, which has portrayed it as hostile to religion. Dorian Jones reports from the western city of Izmir.
Video

Video Europe Follows US Lead in Tackling ‘Conflict Minerals’

Metals mined from conflict zones in places like the Democratic Republic of Congo are often sold by warlords to buy weapons. This week European lawmakers voted to force manufacturers to prove that their supply chains are not inadvertently fueling conflicts and human rights abuses. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
Video

Video Class Tackles Questions of Race, Discrimination

Unrest in some U.S. cities is more than just a trending news item at Ladue Middle School in St. Louis, Missouri. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, it’s a focus of a multicultural studies class engaging students in wide-ranging discussions about racial tensions and police aggression.
Video

Video Mind-Controlled Prosthetics Are Getting Closer

Scientists and engineers are making substantial advances towards the ultimate goal in prosthetics – creation of limbs that can be controlled by the wearer’s mind. Thanks to sophisticated sensors capable of picking up the brain’s signals, an amputee in Iceland is literally bringing us one step closer to that goal. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Afghan Economy Sinks As Foreign Troops Depart

As international troops prepare to leave Afghanistan, and many foreign aid groups follow, Afghans are grappling with how the exodus will affect the country's fragile economy. Ayesha Tanzeem reports from the Afghan capital, Kabul.
Video

Video Poverty, Ignorance Force Underage Girls Into Marriage

The recent marriage of a 17-year old Chechen girl to a local police chief who was 30 years older and already had a wife caused an outcry in Russia and beyond. The bride was reportedly forced to marry and her parents were intimidated into giving their consent. The union spotlighted yet again the plight of many underage girls in developing countries. Zlatica Hoke reports poverty, ignorance and fear are behind the practice, especially in Asia and Africa.
Video

Video South Korea Marks Gwangju Uprising Anniversary

South Korea this week marked the 35th anniversary of a protest that turned deadly. The Gwangju Uprising is credited with starting the country’s democratic revolution after it was violently quelled by South Korea’s former military rulers. But as Jason Strother reports, some observers worry that democracy has recently been eroded.
Video

Video California’s Water System Not Created To Handle Current Drought

The drought in California is moving into its fourth year. While the state's governor is mandating a reduction in urban water use, most of the water used in California is for agriculture. But both city dwellers and farmers are feeling the impact of the drought. Some experts say the state’s water system was not created to handle long periods of drought. Elizabeth Lee reports from Ventura County, an agricultural region just northwest of Los Angeles.
Video

Video How to Clone a Mammoth: The Science of De-Extinction

An international team of scientists has sequenced the complete genome of the woolly mammoth. Led by the Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm, the work opens the door to recreate the huge herbivore, which last roamed the Earth 4,000 years ago. VOA’s Rosanne Skirble considers the science of de-extinction and its place on the planet
Video

Video Blind Boy Defines His Life with Music

Cole Moran was born blind. He also has cognitive delays and other birth defects. He has to learn everything by ear. Nevertheless, the 12-year-old has had an insatiable love for music since he was born. VOA’s June Soh introduces us to the young phenomenal harmonica player.

VOA Blogs