Daily Israel Report

Netanyahu Hints Israel May Go It Alone, in Response to Obama

PM says: "Perhaps most important of all, I appreciated the fact that he said that Israel must be able to defend itself, by itself."
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 3/4/2012, 9:35 PM

Netanyahu in Ottawa
Netanyahu in Ottawa
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu responded Sunday to U.S. President Barack Obama's speech at the AIPAC convention, and may have hinted at Israel's determination to go it alone against Iran, should it have no choice.

"I very much appreciated the fact that President Obama reiterated his position that Iran must not be allowed to develop nuclear weapons and that all options are on the table," said Netanyahu, who is in Ottawa.

"I also appreciated the fact that he made clear that when it comes to a nuclear armed Iran, containment is simply not an option, and equally in my judgment, perhaps most important of all, I appreciated the fact that he said that Israel must be able to defend itself, by itself, against any threat. I appreciate all his statements and I look forward to discussing them further with President Obama tomorrow."

The fact that Netanyahu placed the most stress on his "appreciation" of Obama's recognition that Israel must be able "to defend itself, by itself," may indicate that he is thinking about acting against Iran's nuclear program without waiting for the U.S. to do so.  

Prime Minister Netanyahu added that he also spoke with President Shimon Peres and congratulated him on the fact that he is due to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Prime Minister noted that this is a great honor for the State of Israel.

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