Bennett on Obama's Speech: Need Action, not Words

Netanyahu's former chief of staff, Naftali Bennett: We need paralyzing sanctions against Iran, right now.

Elad Benari,

Naftali Bennett
Naftali Bennett
Israel news photo: TNL

Naftali Bennett, former Chief of Staff for Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, was not too impressed by President Barack Obama’s speech to the AIPAC Policy Conference on Sunday.

Speaking to Fox News after the speech, Bennett said that Obama should act more and talk less.

“Obama’s words are very tough but his actions aren’t,” said Bennett. “As we speak right now, the current sanctions are too slow and too soft to actually stop Iran.

“Iran is racing towards acquiring a nuclear weapon,” Bennett added. “They’ve recently tripled the pace of their uranium enrichment program. They’ve got over 100 kilograms of highly-graded uranium. They’re in the process of transferring their facilities underground and the sanctions are going to play in only in June. Why are we waiting till June?”

Bennett said that what is needed now is not “crippling sanctions” against Iran, as Obama had said in his speech, but “paralyzing sanctions that will bring Iran’s economy to the brink of collapse. We’re nowhere near that right now.

“Essentially,” said Bennett, “President Obama is asking Israel to outsource its own security to his hands. In half a year from now, after the Iranians move their facilities underground, Israel will no longer we able to take them out and we’ll be in Obama’s hands.

“The one thing that could prevent the need of Israel to take out Iran is if President Obama, and indeed the West all together, will immediately apply paralyzing sanctions on Iran. Now. Not in June, right now,” he added.

He acknowledged that Obama’s speech showed progress in his stance on Iran but added that “it has to be coupled and followed by decisive actions of the United States of America.”