Speaking on Army Radio on Tuesday, Netanyahu hinted that Israel possesses the military capabilities necessary for curbing by itself the Iranian nuclear threat, declining to specify what these entail. “I don’t want to analyze the capability required to eliminate [the Iranian] threat, but this capability exists,” when told by host Razi Barkai that Israel lacks the ability to eliminate Tehran’s nuclear program by military means. “This capability is eroded over time, and if we wait years then obviously this capability would not exist anymore. . . but right now I disagree with the claim that nothing can be done against Iran,” he added. When asked if Bush could afford embarking on another “military adventure” after Iraq, Netanyahu said acting on the Iranian nuclear program would not be adventurous but necessary.“ Israel would certainly be the first stop on Iran’s tour of destruction, but at the planned production rate of 25 nuclear bombs a year...[the arsenal] will be directed against ‘the big Satan,’ the U.S., and the ‘moderate Satan,’ Europe,” Netanyahu said. “Iran is developing ballistic missiles that would reach America, and now they prepare missiles with an adequate range to cover the whole of Europe,” he added.
Criticizing the international community in his GA speech for not acting more forcefully in trying to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power, he said, “No one cared then, and no one seems to care now,” again drawing on the Nazi parallel. Netanyahu warned that Tehran’s nuclear and missile program “goes way beyond the destruction of Israel. It is directed to achieve worldwide range. It’s a global program in the service of a mad ideology.” Large sections of the international community, he said, also misunderstood the nature of radical Islam and its role in the Middle East conflict. “What happens in Iran affects what happens in the Israeli– Palestinian conflict, not the other way round,” he said. Netanyahu said he believed that Iran could still be stopped from acquiring nuclear weapons. “There is still time. All ways must be considered. We can’t let this thing happen,” he said, but did not outline specific measures he thought should be taken.
Referring to Israel’s preemptive strike in the 1967 war, he did say that stopping Iran required “preemptive leadership. Preemption requires will and vision. No one will defend the Jews if the Jews don’t defend themselves,” he said to loud applause. “Iran’s nuclear ambitions have to be stopped.”
(By Peter Hirschberg, Haaretz, November 14, 2006) [Reported by: Bridges for Peace]
• The seriousness of the threats against Israel is increasingly grave, but God reigns supreme over Israel, indeed, over all the nations. Declare His greatness!
• “All nations surrounded me, but in the name of the LORD I will destroy them. They surrounded me, yes, they surrounded me; but in the name of the LORD I will destroy them. They surrounded me like bees; they were quenched like a fire of thorns; for in the name of the LORD I will destroy them. You pushed me violently, that I might fall, but the LORD helped me.” (Psalm 118:10–13)