Israel Ready To Strike Iran ‘if Necessary’: Netanyahu [View all]
By Agence France-Presse
Monday, November 5, 2012 18:09 EST
JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was ready to order a strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities “if necessary”, in an interview aired by Channel Two television on Monday.
“I am, of course, ready to press the button if necessary,” Netanyahu said in the interview.
“I hope that that will not be the case. In the final reckoning, the responsibility rests with the prime minister and as long as I am prime minister, Iran will not have the atomic bomb,” he said.
“If there’s no other way, Israel is ready to act.”
The Israeli premier’s comments came on the eve of the US presidential election and after repeated and unsuccessful pressure from his government on President Barack Obama’s administration to set a clear “red line” for military action against Iran.