Amidror: Israel must be ready to strike Iran if talks fail

March 7, 2012 11:02

Head of the National Security Council Maj.-Gen. (res.) Ya'akov Amidror told Israel Radio in an interview on Wednesday that Israel must be ready to act against Iran should talks between the international community and Tehran fail.

Still, Amidror said that Israel praises the renewal of talks between the international community and Iran over its controversial nuclear program, which the Islamic Republic claims is for peaceful purposes.

The national security head added that without placing the military option on the table, the Iranians will not take such talks seriously.

Amidror also said that it would be a mistake to wait to act until Israel loses the ability to act effectively and unilaterally to defend itself and until it would be dependent on a decision by US President Barack Obama.

Amidror further added that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu had not come to the US to set red-lines or to request a green light to strike Iran, as had been reported in the Israeli media.

He also noted that Netanyahu and Obama had a good working relationship and that their talks had been positive.

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