Netanyahu: No Israeli
Strike on Iran in 'Days or Weeks'
March 12, 2012
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he will give
international sanctions against Iran a chance to work, and is not
planning an attack on its nuclear facilities in the coming "days or
Speaking to Israeli television on Thursday, Netanyahu said he prefers a
peaceful solution of the dispute with Iran, but insisted that his
country will not allow Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon.
Netanyahu returned Thursday from talks in Washington, where he said
Israel could not afford to wait much longer for diplomacy and sanctions
to deter Iran's nuclear program.
The Israeli leader has acknowledged what he calls "fundamental
differences" between the U.S. and Israeli approach to Iran. Israel feels
the Iranian nuclear threat more acutely than does Washington, said
"The American timetable in regards to preventing Iran becoming nuclear
is not the same as the Israeli timetable," he said. "The Israeli
timetable is of course under a different schedule. I would be happy if
the international effort succeeded, if Iran voluntarily decided to
disarm its nuclear plan."
President Barack Obama has urged Netanyahu to give diplomacy and
sanctions more time, but also has reiterated the U.S. position that all
options are on the table to stop Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.
U.S. Senator John McCain told Alhurra TV on Thursday that sanctions are
"The sanctions that have been imposed on Iran, in the view of every
expert, have not changed their course toward obtaining nuclear weapons,"
McCain was Obama's Republican Party opponent in the 2008 presidential
election. He said he agrees with the assessments of senior U.S. military
officials who see the potential fall of the government of President
Bashar al-Assad in neighboring Syria as the biggest blow to Tehran in 25
a group of six world powers on Thursday called on Iran to keep its
promise to allow International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors access to
a military site amid reports Tehran may be cleaning it of evidence
related to nuclear arms experiments.
The statement by the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council
- the United States, China, Russia, France and Britain - plus Germany
urged Iran to allow inspectors prompt access to the Parchin military
Some Western diplomats believe Iran might be delaying the inspectors'
trip to the base in order to remove evidence of experiments on
nuclear-related high explosive trigger tests, citing recent satellite
pictures showing apparent changes to its structure.
Iran's IAEA ambassador, Ali Asghar Soltanieh, told reporters the
suspicions aired about Parchin were "childish" and "ridiculous." He did
Iran denies allegations it is attempting to develop atomic weapons and
says its nuclear activities are purely for power generation and medical