Israel ready to strike Iran - Netanyahu

2012-11-06 09:07

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was ready to order a strike on Iran's nuclear facilities "if necessary", in an interview aired by Channel Two television on Monday.

"I am, of course, ready to press the button if necessary," Netanyahu said in the interview.

"It hope that that will not be the case. In the final reckoning, the responsibility rests with the prime minister and as long as I am prime minister, Iran will not have the atomic bomb," he said.

"If there's no other way, Israel is ready to act."

The Israeli premier's comments came on the eve of the US presidential election and after repeated and unsuccessful pressure from his government on US President Barack Obama's administration to set a clear "red line" for military action against Iran.

They also came after Channel Two reported on Sunday that Netanyahu and Defence Minister Ehud Barak had given orders in 2010 for the army to prepare an attack against Iranian nuclear facilities.

The orders were later rescinded in the face of the opposition of then chief of staff Lieutenant General Gabi Ashkenazi and then Mossad spy chief Meir Dagan, the television said.

Israel, like its US ally, has consistently refused to rule out a resort to military action to prevent Iran developing the capability to build a nuclear weapon.

Iran denies any such ambition, insisting its nuclear programme is for peaceful power generation and medical purposes only.

Israel, which has the Middle East's sole, though undeclared nuclear arsenal, says it regards a nuclear Iran as a threat to its existence.

  • storm.trooper.125 - 2012-11-06 09:36


      ClassWarTrotsky - 2012-11-06 12:31

      Absolutely. Iran is not a backward Arab country, they are a highly advanced (excepting their backwards theocratic nature)nation, plus they have Russia and China in their corner. I agree, Bibi is all bluff, hoping the US will be there when he bites off more than he can chew. Prepare for the closing and mining of the straight of Hormuz, and $500 per barrel oil prices.

  • richard.bosmano - 2012-11-06 09:41

    Unfortunatly , this is probably an attempt by Benjamin to try help Romney, don't think it will help.Looks like hussain will win again.

      thapelo.rametsi - 2012-11-06 10:34

      Spot on!!!!!!!!!!!

  • mario.jordaan - 2012-11-06 09:43

    Wouldn't mind if Israel and the US coalition would just get on with it and stop wasting time.

  • numerofigo - 2012-11-06 09:50

    It's like a title of an action movie, we live in a world full of evildoers

  • larry.piggott1 - 2012-11-06 10:22

    I would take this seriously. Israel do not make empty threats. They have a history of defending themselves against threats. The statement by Iran that they will obliterate Israel would have me with my finger on the trigger, so I dont blame them. - 2012-11-06 15:21

      This is ONLY about defence. Israel has never called for the destruction of Iran in the same way as Iran has called for the destruction of Israel. This is not an invasion by troops - it is an attack against military instillations that are making nuclear arms - nothing more nothing less. In & out as they say

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-06 15:37

      And the Iranians are supposed to just accept this bombing of their assets by another country. Aren't they allowed to retaliate?

      larry.lachman.54 - 2012-11-06 18:14

      Sure they can retaliate, but an attack on Israeli civilian centres will invite an attack on Iranian cities. Tehran will go back to being a sandpit.

  • Sammy Willow - 2012-11-06 10:23

    what is the point of goverments, how can so many be represented by so few, and there are so few success storys

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-06 13:12

      Living within a political system ruthlessly controlled by gangsters, it is hard to visualise a world where consensus could flourish. - 2012-11-06 15:23

      "Living within a political system ruthlessly controlled by gangsters" AKA the ayatollahs & Mullahs of the Iranian regime.

  • gary.desousa.7 - 2012-11-06 10:26

    How difficult to comment when certain people just resort to name calling,so sad that proper comments and debates cannot be had here. Here goes,nobody wants war thats a given so if Israel feel so threatened then the world,its allies need to create the climate where thay can live peacefully and the same with the palistinians. But if countries that continually threaten them persist in nucular weapons next door then they need to defend themselves, the same would happen here I suppose but lets talk not fight.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-11-06 11:13

      What? So Israel can have weapons but Iran can't? Double standards! - 2012-11-06 15:26

      No double standards, for Israel does not threaten to destroy anyone. Pakistan has nuclear weapons and Israel has never complained about them because Pakistan does not threaten to destroy Israel. Iran does make these threats and in the Middle East you take threats of murder seriously. Israel has every right to defend. Iran is like Malema – they cant keep their mouth shut

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-11-06 10:57

    So this is the reason why Nkandla res. has a bunker> The ANC is afraid Israel's aim might be off?

  • picassoemanuel.bothma - 2012-11-06 11:26

    iran is full of people that lie, it wont be surprising to find out they are buys with a nuke

      Brownbear - 2012-11-06 11:36

      like you a big fat liar to say the least

  • ali.asgar.58323 - 2012-11-06 12:03

    The world should come together to stop this madman. An attack on Iran will not be limited to a war between two countries but will lead to a regional and perhaps WW3. The existence of Nuclear Weapons throughout the world should make everyone work endlessly to prevent such a possibility. An attack on Iran would not only mean the end of Israel as we know it but it would spread anti semitism through the world on a scale that history have never seen. This Netanyahu does not want peace. His support for settlement expansion on OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN LAND is well known. If he can't accept a two state solution,then a One state solution will be forced upon him by the free world. One Democratic State where Christians,Muslims and Jews can live in peace and the return of all the 4.7 refugees who were mercilessly driven from their land at the establishment of this entity.

      larry.lachman.54 - 2012-11-06 15:21

      Nothing will be forced upon Israel. It is the Palestinians who will eventually be forced to accept Israel's terms for peace. Or they will continue to be oppressed and occupied by Israel. - 2012-11-06 15:45

      The world should come together to stop Iran and their crazy Islamic fundamentalist who love death more than life. LOL o yes, I forgot, the world has come together – even the Arab league is against Iran yet alone the west.

  • tony.delucchi - 2012-11-06 12:40


  • baldersnatch - 2012-11-06 12:42

    All so that they can bring about the Mormon vision of the return of Jesus.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-06 12:55

      The second coming of the Messiah and Armageddon!

  • punu.mmule - 2012-11-06 13:16

    the zionist regime will fall. thats a given! america is nothing but a cowardly country. can anyone name one war that america has fought fairly and won? either the enemy is not adequately equipped or there is just no army, just men in green uniform. arm the arabs equally as the americans and the Zionists! in fact, do not arm them equally, give them half of the arsenal the americans and jews have. get some popcorn and enjoy. - 2012-11-06 15:47

      Zionism is literally is a Jew being patriotic. It’s understandable that you hate Jews having a land of their own - but they don’t care much for ppl like you either. Zionism is beautiful... it’s only bad for the haters.

  • punu.mmule - 2012-11-06 13:21


  • goldd.goldfinger - 2012-11-06 13:32

    So the main issue here is the Israelis want to bomb Iran because it might get to a point where they are CAPABLE of producing nuclear weapons..The Iranians need nuclear technology like any other sovereign country in the world..Israel already has nuclear weapons and is one of the few countries in the world that hasn't signed the Nuclear non proliferation treaty (ie rogue state).. Yet the Israelis feel it is justified to kill many innocent Iranian civilians, the world as usual remains as silent as God, at the end civilians in both countries are going to die for these ideological and imperialistic wars..

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-06 13:38

      Careful, that's dangerously close to a sensible, reasoned comment!

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-11-06 13:55

      Here's where you go wrong, Iran is pursuing a bomb as the numerous reports from the IAEA suggest as well as their involvement in the clandestine nuclear proliferation network . They don't need nuclear energy , they sit on some of the world biggest oil reserves and have rejected nuclear fuel concessions . India and Pakistan are also non NPT countries and supposed 'rogue states' a title given to Nkorea as they have signed and then violated and withdrawn from the NPT. Isreal is looking at striking the facilities and not its civilians(massive difference).

      goldd.goldfinger - 2012-11-06 14:37

      @allcovered ninjas.. What reports say that Iran is pursuing a bomb links please?.. Lets get one thing straight if Israel and Iran are enemies and Israel has nuclear weapons, are the Iranians villains because they want to equal the status quo(assuming they are pursuing it).. How can you say they don't need nuclear energy because they have oil reserves that doesn't make any sense.. Eitherway where is the justification that Israel needs to bomb Iran (a member of the NPT(which Israel is not) to ensure that Iran does not have nuclear weapons.. This hypocrisy and double standards is an all too familiar scenario when it comes to Israel and issues surrounding that country which is unfortunate for the innocent masses in the affected/oppressed states.

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-11-06 15:45 They don't need nuclear energy as they have plenty of other means of producing energy as well as them rejecting offers to have fuel supplied as a concession. They have a right to nuclear energy as long as they follow their international obligations which they have not. When you sign an international treaty and don't live up to your obligations then yes its a problem and sanctions are/will be imposed, it affects your standing , reputation and allowances within the international community. There is also a massive difference in a democratic , liberal regime and a theocratic despotic regime. One threatens the existance of the other which would make this relativism a non-sequitor. A double standard arrives when two equal entities are treated differently , Isreal and Iran are by no means equatable. An analogy would be the cops rocking up to a crime scene and then making sure the criminals have the equal fire power. (I simply don't see these as moral or even stately equivilents) Add to that the affect of Iran becoming a nuclear state , Saudi's will follow , then a domino effect with the most unstable region in the world(with many other militia groups and proxies) in a stand off with the ultimate weapon and its derivatives. To some this might seem like a good idea. Isreal has disputed nuclear capability which whether you like it or not has stopped them being multi-laterally attacked when its enemies could. - 2012-11-06 15:49

      Correct, but Iran lost the right to build a bomb when they called for a nation state of the United Nations to be destroyed. No one in the west cares if Pakistan has the bomb cause they don’t threaten anyone.

  • drahimik - 2012-11-06 13:44


      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-11-06 14:04

      Venezuela , Saudi Arabia and then Canada all have more oil than Iran. Iran holds an estimated 9% of global reserves.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-06 14:18

      It is the gas reserves that are being sought, in order to wean Europe from Russia's dependency and blunt Russia economic resurgence!

  • glenjohnshaw - 2012-11-06 14:27

    Fidel, I find your debate fascinating, you argue both sides of the equation. Keep it up I am enjoying it, put those tunnel vision "armchair" experts in their place. - 2012-11-06 15:51

      Fidel is nothing more then a racist who thinks Madiba is a criminal * that China take over of Tibet is legal... you should read more of her posts... to see her true colours.

      moses.mabhida.52 - 2012-11-06 16:13

      haha... good one! Fidel is a racist that has not came out of the closet!! Fidel hates anything western even though he makes use of western inventions (Facebook/Computers/Google etc) to make his 'noise' heard.

      larry.lachman.54 - 2012-11-08 11:38

      ..and Patrick/Lesego wins the dimwit prize. Congratulations.

  • jppellissier - 2012-11-09 10:14

    This guy knows how to deal with it !! I like him !

  • moeketsi.matli - 2012-11-11 09:03

    last time i checked israel was just a tiny spot in the middle east, and by the way israel is known for attacking without any warning but this time they have made numerous threats without acting, an indication that they are dead scared of taking on iran without the blessings of their masters, US.

      dinavanniekerk - 2012-11-16 11:49

      Moeketsi: there is a saying: Better keep quiet and let people suspect you are an idiot, than opening your mouth and remove all doubt! You are a classic example of the truth of this statement!

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