Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged world powers on Sunday to set a “clear red line” for Tehran’s atomic activities and said they had failed to convince it of their resolve to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear arms.
Netanyahu’s remarks suggested a growing Israeli impatience with its main ally, the United States, and other countries that have been pressing him to give diplomacy and sanctions more time to work and hold off on any go-it-alone Israeli strike on Iran.
Iran does not see international resolve to stop its nuclear program,” Netanyahu told his cabinet. Israeli officials have said they hope for stronger language from the president about possible U.S. military action.
Obama, who has had a frosty relationship with Netanyahu, has insisted he will not allow Iran to build atomic weapons and that all options are on the table.
On Saturday Tzachi Hanegbi, an influential former Israeli legislator and a Netanyahu confidant, said “the rhetoric of the U.S. president is too vague, very amorphous” and Iran was not taking Obama’s words seriously.
Netanyahu has said he will speak out about the dangers of Iran in an address this month to the U.N. General Assembly in New York. Netanyahu would seek a firm pledge of U.S. military action if Iran did not back down on uranium enrichment. A United Nations report said on Thursday that Iran had more than doubled the number of centrifuges in its fortified bunker at Fordow since May, showing it was still expanding its nuclear program despite Western pressure and threat of Israeli attack. The new machines are not yet operating, the report said.
“The Iranians are using the talks with the world powers to win time and to advance their nuclear program,” he said.
General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the U.S. joint chiefs of staff, has suggested Washington would not be drawn into conflict with Iran should Israel attack. “I don’t want to be complicit if they (Israel) choose to do it,” Britain’s Guardian newspaper quoted him on Friday as saying.
source: kris hall