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September 14, 2012 8:17 am

Netanyahu Asks: What if the U.S. Does not Intervene on Iran?

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Israel must ask itself what will happen if the U.S. fails to take action to stop Iran’s nuclear program, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Israel Hayom in an interview for Rosh Hashanah.

In the interview, Netanyahu addressed recent assessments by top defense officials, who suggested that there is still time before action against Iran becomes necessary. “I hear all those people who say that we should wait until the very last minute. But what if the U.S. doesn’t intervene? That is a question we have to ask,” he said.

Netanyahu also dismissed allegations that his insistence on red lines, beyond which the U.S. would commit to taking military action against Iran, was impacting the presidential race currently underway in the U.S., saying, “This is nonsense because the issue that is guiding me is not the U.S. elections, but the centrifuges in Iran, and what can I do if the centrifuges in Iran are inconsiderate of the U.S. political timetable? If the Iranians were to hit the ‘pause’ button and halt their uranium enrichment and bomb preparation until after the elections, I would be able to wait.”

In addition, the prime minister explained that the gaps between Washington’s and Jerusalem’s stances on the Iranian issue revolve “not on a question of dates, but rather on a question of process.” Referring to homefront preparedness, Netanyahu said, “You can protect the country from missiles, in one way or another. But there is no protection against atomic bombs. The only way to protect against this is to prevent the creation of such a reality by the enemy, and of course, make it clear to anyone who would ever consider attacking Israel with weapons of mass destruction—do it at your own peril.”

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  • The question about where, when, and how America will draw the red-line is a total fantasy based on a myth.
    The U.S. does not see a nuclear Iran as a threat. A nuclear Iran is no more of a problem to this Administration than a nuclear Pakistan or North Korea.
    If anything, it only irks the U.S.that Israel is trying to make this a U.S. problem.
    In fact it comes as no surprise that the “present” absent president doesn’t need to meet Bibi and repeat that once again.
    In fact Obama must be thinking “Haven`t I made myself clear already”?
    Bibi`s only issue should be how to carefully avoid making even the slightest gesture of intent to his “closest ally” without it being “leaked” to the Ayatollahs.

  • rofedoc

    The lessons of the past have taught us : Only trust, without reservation, The IDF and G-D

  • Pastor Denise

    Were I the President of the United States, I would take all the money and all the military resources away from all the mid east countries burning our flag and killing our people and funnel all to Israel NOW! At the same time I would reinforce our own borders with military presence & equipment and batten down the hatches. It is long past time to take a FIRM stand with Israel. Though I am not the president of the United States, this is how many many many Americans feel. God bless Israel and God bless America…

  • Mel

    Those who believe do not fear

    Hashem helps those who help themselves