Israeli credibility on line over Iran nuclear challenge

Netanyahu's famous "red line" speech to the UN regarding Iran's nuclear program may hinder Israel's political reliability.

By REUTERS
April 28, 2013 12:34
Netanyahu draws red line on bomb graphic

Netanyahu bomb picture 370. (photo credit: REUTERS/Lucas Jackson)

Israel risks a loss of credibility over both its "red line" for Iran's nuclear program and its threat of military action, and its room for unilateral manoeuvre is shrinking.

After years of veiled warnings that Israel might strike the Islamic Republic, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu laid out an ultimatum at the United Nations last September.

Iran, he said, must not amass enough uranium at 20 percent fissile purity to fuel one bomb if enriched further. To ram the point home, he drew a red line across a cartoon bomb, guaranteeing him front page headlines around the world.