Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu emphasized the importance of a credible military threat against Iran's nuclear program ahead of a meeting with US presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
"You said the greatest danger facing the world is of the ayatollah regime possessing a nuclear capability," Netanyahu told Romney before their meeting. "Mitt, I couldn't agree with you more.""All the sanctions and diplomacy so far have not set back the Iranian program by one iota," he continued. "We need a strong and credible military threat coupled with sanctions" in order to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon.
Netanyahu also spoke of the strength of the US-Israel relationship, and the importance of continuing to strengthen it. "Your visit is an expression of that desire in both our people," he said.
Briefly touching upon the tumultuous events in neighboring Egypt and Syria, Netanyahu told Romney: "I want you to know that in this great convulsion, there is one stable democratic ally of the United States in the middle east, and that is Israel."