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: salah
March 06, 2012 5:01 AM
Israel with accomplice USA is big problem of word

how many victimes in Iraq , Afghanistan , more and more

only because muslim country but do not forget their is one greatest then USA , Israel and all world is our God and do not forget life is too short

by: van
March 06, 2012 4:00 AM
the Us will attack Iran, but if Russia joins, what will we do? attack Russia also?

by: Jacques
March 06, 2012 3:54 AM
Ya you see the suni attempt at taking Damascus and i am positive that the Syrian opposition backed by the arab spring figures that all they have to do besides bringing the current regime down is allow Israel it's right to self determination. It will probobly be one hundred years before the suni's can move to regain the Mosque in Jerusalem. Good Luck!

by: AnonyMs
March 06, 2012 3:50 AM
I for one was mortified on the US's behalf to see Mr. Obama, the head of state of the greatest country in the world, whinging to Mr. Netanyahu,"BB, I promise, we're still best friends." How did this happen? How did Israel come to hold such great power over Washington? Aren't you Americans the least bit concerned?

by: Bill
March 06, 2012 3:21 AM
Gentleman, Start up your killing machine! Israel has spoken.

by: Vampire
March 06, 2012 3:01 AM
Netanyahu and Obama tend to say All Options are available like there is no choice in front Americans except Netanyahu options .AIPAC fellows knew that they have lost any logic to convince or deceive Christian Americans , so let us put all options on the table whether they like it or do not . Day after day, the corruption and fraud in US policy have become so blatant . 9/11 should be revised after finding the implication of Saudi Arabia and the story of underwear bomber .

by: koba
March 06, 2012 2:57 AM
I can't understand why Israel has right to attack Iran.
Israel has the nuclear bomb without approval from IAEA and they have never received the inspection from IAEA.
Both USA and Israel have nuclear bomb, however Israel and USA is not allowed Iran to have the nuclear bomb.
This is unfair and inconsistent situation that child be able to easily understand.
USA and Israel is just arrogance and foolish.
Needles to say, for Japanese, we can't accept the development of nuclear weapon by Iran.

by: Gab
March 06, 2012 2:29 AM
Israel should not interfere with Iran's development of a nuclear weapon, supporting known terrorist organizations, or implementing their stated goal to destroy the Jewish State. Remember that Ahmadinejad clearly stated in a public forum, numerous times, that Iran has no homosexuals, the Holocaust never happened, and the excess uranium enrichment is for peaceful purposes, followed by "Death to Israel".

by: joseph
March 06, 2012 2:26 AM
Why is it OK for Israel to posses nuclear bomb (developed, one could add, with Western collusion)? Israel is the only country in the mid east which is clamoring for war with another country ....NOT the converse. Will Israel (or the US, UK and France for that matter),disclose to the IAEA and provide unhindered access to the IAEA to all their nuclear sites, and dismantle their nuclear arsenal ....or is it it a case of "some pigs are more equal than others"

by: Dave Turner
March 06, 2012 1:34 AM
Perhaps Israel should decommision their nuclear arsenal and so make everything equal unless of course they, Israel, intend to pursue a policy that is against other countries.
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