Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Tuesday said that the world has "no
moral right" to put a "red light" in front of Israel if it refuses to
set a "red line" for Iran.
Speaking ahead of a government to
government meeting with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Metodiev Borisov in Jerusalem,
Netanyahu said, "Those in the international community who refuse to put
red lines in front of Iran, don't have a moral right to put a red light
in front of Israel. They must understand that there is a red line so
"So far we can say with certainty that diplomacy and
sanctions have not worked," Netanyahu continued. "The sanctions have
hurt the Iranian economy, but have not stopped the Iranian nuclear
program. That is a fact."
The comments came in response to US
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's comments that the United States
will not set a deadline for Iran, and that negotiations remain "by far" the best option for stopping its nuclear program.
watching very carefully about what they do, because it’s always been
more about their actions than their words,” Clinton said in an interview
with Bloomberg Radio.
Netanyahu reiterated his position that diplomacy and sanctions have not yielded concrete results.
fact is that every day that passes, Iran gets closer and closer to
nuclear bombs," he said. "If Iran knows that there are no red lines, if
Iran knows that there are no deadlines, what will it do? Exactly what it
is doing. It is continuing without interference toward nuclear
capability and nuclear bombs."
"The world tells Israel 'Wait, there is still time.' And I say 'Wait for what? Wait until when?'" the prime minister said.
an apparent reference to the public spat between the United States and
Israel, former IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi told the Calcalist conference on Tuesday that preserving strong ties with the United States is an Israeli security necessity.
"We must preserve ties with the United States. I believe this is a security necessity," he said.
In the past three years, he noted, US taxpayers have contributed more to the Israeli defense budget than Israeli taxpayers.
to the public spat between the allies, Likud MK Danny Danon reprimanded
Clinton on Tuesday for her position, calling it a "slap in the face" to
Israel and lecturing her on the significance of the issue on the
anniversary of the September 11th terror attacks.
"Your words on
not setting red lines for the Iranians are are a slap in the face to the
State of Israel," Danon wrote in an urgent dispatch to Clinton.
irresponsibility in handing the Iranian issue is dangerous to the
Western world. On the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, there is a
need to issue clear lines to the Iranians, who are threatening the
entire Western world," he continued.
Danon is in Washington promoting his new book, Israel: The Will to Prevail,
which is highly critical of US President Barack Obama. The timing of
the book's release during the run-up to the US presidential election has
raised eyebrows among some US politicians, who view it as interference
in American domestic politics.