Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said today in Tel Aviv that an attack on Iran is not a foregone conclusion and he "hopes pressure on Iran will work," but he added not striking Iran may endanger Israel’s existence.
"I hope that the pressure on Iran will work and we can peacefully convince them to tear down their nuclear program," Netanyahu told Israel’s TV Channel 2. [Jerusalem Post, 8 March].
The Israeli prime minister added, however, that an attack would not come in "a matter of days or weeks, but it's also not a matter of years."
While visiting the White House earlier this week, Prime Minister Netanyahu appeared to back off from military threats against Iran, instead accepting President Obama’s push to resolve the standoff through the dual track of diplomacy and economic sanctions. His comments today in Tel Aviv reinforce beliefs that his comments in Washington were not a retreat but a tactical acceptance of diplomacy/sanctions dual track for a period of time measured in months.