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Netanyahu Steps Up Israeli Threats Against Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a joint press conference with his Bulgarian counterpart, Boyko Borissov, not seen, in Jerusalem, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a joint press conference with his Bulgarian counterpart, Boyko Borissov, not seen, in Jerusalem, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012.
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has stepped up threats to attack Iran over its nuclear program, which he says is being used to develop nuclear weapons.  He says if the international community is not willing to act against Iran, it should not demand that Israel hold its fire.
 
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Tuesday indicated he was becoming impatient with calls by world leaders to refrain from attacking Iran until sanctions and diplomatic pressure have had an opportunity to work. "The world tells Israel wait, there is still time. And I say, wait for what? Wait until when? Those in the international community who refuse to put red lines before Iran don't have a moral right to place a red light before Israel," he said. 
 
Netanyahu earlier said the U.S. and Israeli governments were in talks on setting a clear red line for Iran's nuclear program. He indicated if Iran stepped over this line, then its nuclear weapons facilities could be subject to a military strike.
 
Iran denies it is building the bomb and says its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only. However, Western governments say the Iranian government is trying to develop at least the capacity to build and deliver nuclear weapons.
 
The International Atomic Energy Agency this week demanded to inspect suspected nuclear weapons facilities in Iran. Many Western governments have imposed crippling economic sanctions on Iran because of its refusal to allow U.N. inspections and foot-dragging on negotiations on its program.
 
On Tuesday, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said the United States would have a little more than a year to act to stop Iran's nuclear activities if the U.S. became certain Iran had decided to build a nuclear weapon.

Panetta said in an interview with the CBS television network that the U.S. has the capability to prevent Iran from building an atomic bomb.

Hebrew University Political Science Professor Avraham Diskin says there appears to be disagreement between Israel and the United States over the timing of any military strike against Iran. But he adds this could be deceiving.
 
"We cannot really know exactly who decides, who wants what, etcetera. The only thing that I am sure about is that there is a fluent exchange of information and ideas between the American administration and the government of Israel," he said. 
 
He says it is also clear that the two governments do not want Iran to obtain nuclear weapons and are willing to use military force to prevent it.
 
The Israeli prime minister appeared to be responding to remarks by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that the U.S. government would not set deadlines in the diplomatic effort with Iran.
 
Netanyahu said with every day that passes Iran comes closer to building a nuclear weapon. "If Iran knows that there is no red line. If Iran knows there's no deadline, what will it do? Exactly what it's doing. It's continuing without any interference towards obtaining nuclear weapons capability and from there nuclear bombs," he said. 
 
Iran's nuclear program is likely to remain high on the agenda as world leaders prepare to meet in two weeks following the opening of the U.N. General Assembly's annual session.

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by: Harold
September 16, 2012 11:27 PM
Wow, what a joke. Uranium alone does not a nuke make. Especially 20% which is what is required for their damn reactors (Which the US helped build in the first place). Every time they have tried to enter into a deal to hav another country provide it, they have had it shot down by the americans. So, it's not at all hard to understand why they want their own damn energy independence here. Enriching uranium, even if they got it to 90% wouldn't make a real bomb either. They have to deplete it to U-238 and then bombard it to up it to Plutonium-239, and only then is it the makings for an actual weapon, which still requires many other componants to be able to do anything at all. How dare they have an energy policy which they are 100% allowed to have!

by: LeRoy Padmore from: Jersey City,NJ
September 12, 2012 11:42 PM
What you think Russia can do to America?Russia cannot even feed herself,Russia military is weak,All Mr. Putin is doing is talking.sometime fire can cut off fire.the only solution to this madness is war.enough is enough.

by: Briny from: USA
September 12, 2012 1:49 PM
The only people that are out of their minds are the rudderless Western leaders-including the Obama crowd-who believe charm and persuasion will steer the 12er Shiite fanatics ruling Iran onto a course of reason. Bibi, like a surgeon facing a malignant growth, knows that only deep courage and a deft hand can save the patient when the moment comes to plunge in with the scapel.

by: SAM JADE from: U.S.A.
September 12, 2012 10:43 AM
IS THIS GUY OUT OF HIS MIND ,, or HE FOLLOWS GEORGE W. POLICY ,, did he forget Iran is RUSSIA's neighbor ,,FORGET abour what Mr. Obama thinks or do ,, WHAT WOULD BE WORLD's reaction to this ,, do you really think world will stand up and aplaud Nethan Yahoo , for sutpid comments like this ,, THERE IS NO SOLID PROOF of any kind , Remember IRAQ we are still losing Americn's life every day in Iraq ,only because we listen to assumptions and lies ,,
sooner or Later there would be a change in Iranian government mostly because of ecomomic pressure ,..let's don't jump to any conclusion yet and MR. YAHOO may shut his mouth for a while ,, war and military attack is not the solution to all problems,,

by: Trung from: Vietnam
September 12, 2012 4:46 AM
Neither Israel nor Iranian government is innocent. But Israeli and Iranian children are.

Do not let the children grow up in war.

by: LeRoy Padmore from: Jersey City,NJ
September 11, 2012 11:57 PM
Israel will have to do what is in her best interest,we all know that Mr.Obama is an enemy to the Jewish state.Israel have one of the best military in the world,and she doesn't need America to fight her battle.I can guarantee the world if Iran strike Israel so help us God there will be no Iran.Our slogan is never again.do you think Israel will sit there and Iran does what soever she wants to do with Israel?you are wasting your time.Israel will definitively fire back.Mr Obama is very weak in his leadership ability,America came under attacked today,instead of Mr.Obama condemning the attacked,he sympathize with the element that attacked America.enough is enough,Mr.Obama needs to go.he does not have America at heart.we need a leader that will love America and protect its interest both at home and abroad.and Above all else the country comes first.God Bless the United States,and God bless Israel.

by: Jerry from: AL
September 11, 2012 6:09 PM
OBAMA JUST STABBED ISRAEL IN THE BACK - The Israeli newspaper Yediot Ahronot published a startling report Monday detailing a message it says was conveyed by the Obama administration – via two European countries – to Iranian officials. The message: if Israel decides
to strike Iranian nuclear facilities, the U.S. will not support it and the Islamic Republic should refrain from retaliating on U.S. military installations in the Persian Gulf.

The report came from the well-connected diplomatic correspondent Shimon Schiffer The secret contacts with the Iranians combined with a public statement last week by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey that he won’t be “complicit” in an Israeli attack is being interpreted in Israel as a message from the U.S. that the Jewish state is on its own in stopping Iran from obtaining a doomsday weapon with which to threaten the very existence of Israel.


by: Andrew from: US
September 11, 2012 4:37 PM
Human culture is defined by war. An offensive against 'The Others'. Those subhumans in the next valley over - we want their land, their fishing and hunting grounds, their possessions and we'll tell ourselves any fable to have the excuse.
Are we ever going to grow out of this, or are we going to let a bunch of myth-believing fools lead us into their 'Armageddon'?

by: Kafantaris from: USA
September 11, 2012 3:42 PM
Right or wrong, good or bad, there is just no useful role Israel can play in the presently unfolding drama of the Middle East. Sometimes you have to sit it out. This is one of those times.

by: Nader S from: Texas
September 11, 2012 3:33 PM
The world is fast changing and Israel is no more our bridge to the middle east. Changing of policy is desparetly needed to save our tax payers' billions of dollars we give to Israel as aid. We need to adopt different policy toward Israel so that we improve our relation with the Islamic and Arab world.
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