Shrinking Iranian options

Israel is entering 2013 with a limited choices to deal with possible Iranian nuclear weapons

February 6, 2013 11:22
Netanyahu, Barak, Liberman press conference

Netanyahu, Barak, Liberman press conference 390. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/ The Jerusalem Post)


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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared once again to be beating the war drums against Iran at around midnight on January 22, a mere two hours after exit polls aired on Israel’s three news channels showed his Likud Beytenu party losing 24 percent of its parliamentary power in the national election. Nevertheless, Netanyahu, who, despite the electoral setback, will form the next government, was again raising the Iranian specter, even though he had ignored it for several months.

During his four-year term, Netanyahu repeatedly warned of the danger facing Israel if Iran were to achieve nuclear- weapons capability. He described Iran as a country posing an “existential threat” to the Jewish state. He likened the situation facing Israel to the 1938 Munich agreement, in which Britain and France caved in to Adolf Hitler and sacrificed Czechoslovakia in the name of appeasement.


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