Netanyahu ramps up Iran attack threat

2012-09-11 14:03

Jerusalem - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ramped up on Tuesday threats to attack Iran, saying if world powers refused to set a red line for Tehran's nuclear programme, they could not demand that Israel hold its fire.

"The world tells Israel 'wait, there's still time'. And I say, 'Wait for what? Wait until when?' Those in the international community who refuse to put red lines before Iran don't have a moral right to place a red light before Israel," Netanyahu, speaking in English, told reporters.

"Now if Iran knows that there is no red line. If Iran knows that there is no deadline, what will it do? Exactly what it's doing. It's continuing, without any interference, towards obtaining nuclear weapons capability and from there, nuclear bombs," he said.

Netanyahu's use of the word "deadline", at a news conference with visiting Bulgarian government leaders, appeared to be a swipe at US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Clinton said earlier this week that the United States would not set deadlines in any further diplomacy with Iran, drawing an angry response from a senior Israeli government official on Monday.

Netanyahu has said Israel and the United States were in talks on setting a "clear red line" for Iran's nuclear programme. But the two allies remain at odds over whether to spell out a clear threshold for military action.

Israel and the West believe Iran is working toward nuclear weapon development capability.

Israel, widely thought to be the Middle East's only atomic power, says a nuclear-armed Iran would be a threat to its existence. Iran says its nuclear work is for peaceful energy purposes only.

  • Sonnyjakes - 2012-09-11 14:28

    Roll on Armegeddon?

  • goldd.goldfinger - 2012-09-11 14:44

    The only country with nuclear weapons in the middle east is crying wolf about the chances of another country obtaining them..the hypocrisy is astronomical.

      africanwolf - 2012-09-11 14:59

      Specially when Iran always threaten to destroy Israel

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-11 15:04

      . What you don't seem to understand, is that since Pakistan and India got their nuclear weapons, the world has moved on , and changed drastically. ALL nuclear powers are in agreement; NO MORE !! Unfair?? Yes it is also unfair that the price of eggs has increased, while the eggs are getting smaller !! Can you imagine, now Iran, tomorrow King Mswati, than that mugabe thug, and maybe even Julius Malema wants one in his garden !! Although they might want to play politics with these weapons, one factor Russia, the USA and China are onev hundred percent in agreement with; NO TO ANY FURTHER NUCLEAR POWERS !!

      jurie.nel.3 - 2012-09-11 15:12

      Remember that the major value of nuclear military capability lies in its threat value. Now it just depends on which side of the fence you are - would you like to be threatened by Iran? Or would you, as a state living in and with threat from your immediate neighbours wanting to "wipe Israel off the map", prefer to be able to stand up to that threat?

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-11 15:42

      It's not a child's game. The Iranian regime wants to destroy Israel. What would you do if someone wanted to destroy your house? Wait and do nothing?

  • ashraaf.fakier - 2012-09-11 15:05

    He is playing the American presidential candidates up against one another. His timing is earmarked for them. What hipocracy that the only country in the ME who did not sign the Nuclear Non-Poliferation treaty wants to halt another from obtaining similar weapons although this is all lies. No proof what so ever that IRAN can produce weapons grade uranium. Israel is a serious threat to world peace.

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-09-11 15:32

      Lets weigh it up : Iran threatens the existence of Isreal and the Isreal threatens the facilties it needs to do that. Mmmmm...... i wonder why Iran needs to enrich uranium beyond the energy needs requirements .... mmmm......

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-11 15:50

      I trust the Israelis even less. The Iranians have never attacked another country in their history as a nation state. The Israelis are a danger to world peace considering their Samson principle of taking everybody with them. They need to be disarmed yesterday!

      kevin.watson.7906 - 2012-09-11 16:23

      Ashraaf the only thing you are correct on is the timing of Netanyahu's statement. He is trying to get both presidential candidates to back him and so get the "jewish vote". Why Israel thinks it needs nuclear weapons, defies description. Israel is definitely not a threat to world peace, as they lack the ability to attack anyone except their immediate neighbours, the same can be said of Jordan, Egypt, Syria,(although not right now as they are busy fighting each other), Saudi Arabia and the Lebanon. What all those countries are is athreat to the stability of the eastern mediterranean basin. Iran keeps threatening to destroy Israel and kill all the jews there. What if all these countries, along with Hamas stopped threatening Israel, accepted Israels existence and agreed to the sanctity of Israels 1967 borders, and then asked the USA to force Israel to negotiate in good faith. Perhaps peace could happen. As long Iran and that dipstick Netanyahu are blowing the trumpets of war and destruction and stirring up terrorists such as Hamas, peace can never happen. Fidel, why have you not fidelled off to a country which meets with your radical outlook?

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-11 18:04

      Fidel, but then you don't even trust Nelson Mandela. To you he is phony, a lackey of the West, a modern-day Uncle Tom.

      Fidel - 2012-09-11 18:55

      @Kevin I am exactly in where my ancestors intented for me to be, in Africa and have no wish of being anywhere else! I am tied to this land by the sounds and its people.

      Fidel - 2012-09-11 20:06

      @Raymond Ignorance of the History one does not know is one thing, and forgivable. Denying History when indeed one knows full well the sequence of events is another. Please take your negativity and ignorance elsewhere.

      Shane Loxton - 2012-09-11 22:05

      Fredie and the Broken record

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-12 06:56

      Fidel, ""I am tied to this land by the sounds and its people"" There is just one tiny little problem. The African people don't like you !! Not even 5 % of African People agree with you, the other 95 % despices you, for wishing them harm!! How sick and disturbed can one get ???????

      ludlowdj - 2012-09-12 11:57

      The Jews run America already, they don't need to play anyone off against anyone else.

  • mzakes.matabata - 2012-09-11 16:17

    Everyone needs to get rid of the Nukes they have, Nuke free world!!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-11 16:48

      . Mzakes, That would certainly be an ideal world, but it is doubtful, it will ever happen. In the sixties, demonstrators went onto the streets in most European capitals, warning against this madness, but no one wanted to listen !! And look how dangerous the world is now !! The best one can wish now; No further nuclear powers, and the ones who do have them, to reduce their stock piles. It is not so much the fear that these psychopaths in Teheran, will use them themselves.....they are not THAT stupid, But the real danger is, that these thugs will sell, or even donate them to terrorist organisations. They have PROVEN , many times over, they are easily capable of this. Terrorists are morally bankrupt and ALWAYS dangerous!!

  • faerrab - 2012-09-11 16:18

    Jaba and Fred went to the same brainwashing extremist school as Bibi, before the European Jews invaded there was some peace

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-11 21:29

      Patrick, again, making things up doesn't make them true. It's being silly.

  • Gcodi Mahomed - 2012-09-11 18:43

    haibo all this talk about attacking another country from this nutjobyahoo is pathetic,nutjobyahoo is looneytune ,what is wrong with guy!!!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-12 06:33

      Are you doing anything about the hundreds of thousands of innocent Muslims being butchered, maimed, detained, tortured and raped by the unelected dictators and Jihadists in your midsts yet?

  • ivan.schoultz - 2012-09-11 19:11

    It's all rhetoric ... each playing their part of the game of thrones. They each have to scream loudly to the world about wanting or trying to go to war simply because they need to keep people focused on something fear-based - they're all in on this game of manipulating the consciousness of the people by misdirecting them from the real newsy bits. Truth is, they have tried to start skirmishes in various locations many times ... yet their weapons keep suffering strange malfunctions; jams; mis-firing or even non-firing. Yet back at the lab the weapons work perfectly, so they return to the open field to continue their skirmishes, and their toys of war again don't work. Some of the toys work some of the time, but you can't fight a war with seriously buggy stuff, it needs to be reliable. So, try as they may, and they have, they just CAN'T start the next war, and they all KNOW it. So they shout as loud as they can to keep the pretense up, while keeping news of their random gadgetry failures out of the press because that will make them look like laughing stocks ... which they are. Now that's the newsy bit they all this rhetoric is trying to keep hidden.

  • don.mug.3 - 2012-09-11 20:02


      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-11 21:31

      Don, no offense, you're being a mug. Do you know who the Iranian regime is, distinct from the Iranian people? The Iranian regime adjusts elections to hold onto power. It has stolen the Iranian government from the Iranian people. It funds the Jihadist movement that has killed and maimed hundreds of thousands of innocent people, mainly Muslims in the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere. It is supporting Bashar Assad's brutal oppression of Syrians wanting nothing more than the right to vote. It supports the stoning of women. It openly calls for the elimination of Israel and denies the Holocaust, the single biggest attempt at human genocide in human history: six million people exterimated. It is dishonest, highly repressive, and self-serving at the expense of the Iranian people. Under no circumstances should it be allowed to have nuclear weapons. It won't be so allowed.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-12 06:33

      You're being plain silly Patrick. That's not an insult.

  • raymon.mcnelly - 2012-09-11 22:34

    fidel.mgoqi: Aah please fidel... You are well known on N24... I've read your posts and never have you uttered an intelligent word... You are a hater, anti-israel, anti-white ... you are a troll, and I will treat you as such .. loser!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-12 09:37

      one thing you're right about, is my anti-land stealing nomads stance! As for the rest of your nonsense, I'll treat it with the contempt it desrves.

      larry.lachman.54 - 2012-09-14 05:50

      In the world of right and wrong, good and evil, you Fidel will find yourself to be on the wrong side of the fence. How does that feel? to be on the side of hate and the devil?

  • wallace.outkast - 2012-09-12 07:46


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