Israel says it will be forced to defend itself against Iran, if the United Nations Security Council fails to take action to stop Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

In an interview with Reuters news agency, Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz was asked whether Israel is ready to use military force, if the Security Council does not stop what Israel believes is a covert Iranian weapons program.

Mofaz replied, "we have to defend ourselves."  He said any military action would be based on Israel's right to provide security to its people.

In 1981, Israel bombed a nuclear reactor in Iraq to prevent Saddam Hussein from developing nuclear weapons.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called for the destruction of Israel since taking office last year.  He also has rejected the vast body of historical documentation of the Holocaust as myth. 

Some information for this report was provided by Reuters.