Remarks Seen as Rebuke of Obama
Israeli Prime Minister today called on world powers to set a “clear red line” for Iran’s nuclear program to prevent the country from obtaining nuclear weapons.
"I believe the truth must be stated: The international community is not placing a clear red line for Iran and Iran does not see international resolve to stop its nuclear program," Netanyahu told his cabinet. "Unless Iran sees this clear red line and this clear resolve it will not stop moving forward with its nuclear program, and Iran must not have nuclear weapons," he added. (Reuters, 2 September)
Israel's popular YNet news website described the prime minister's latest comments as a stinging rebuke of President Obama. Israeli officials have also voiced disappointment over recent remarks by the U.S. chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, signaling reluctance to intervene on Israel's behalf if it attacked Iran. (Reuters)
Gen. Dempsey had told the Guardian on Friday that he would not be complicit if Israel should attack Iran. Netanyahu is seeking a firm pledge of U.S. military action if Iran did not back down on uranium enrichment. Such a promise could dissuade Israel from attacking Iran alone, Israeli officials told Reuters.