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Israeli PM Netanyahu opens the door to Iran attack

posted Sep 12, 2012, 8:17 AM by Prep Experts   [ updated Sep 12, 2012, 8:18 AM ]
JERUSALEM // The United States forfeited its moral right to stop Israel taking action against Iran's nuclear programme because Washington had refused to be firm with Tehran, the Israeli prime minister said yesterday.

In comments which appeared to bring the possibility of an Israeli attack on Iran closer, Benjamin Netanyahu took the US administration to task after Washington rebuffed his own call to set a red line for Tehran's nuclear drive.

"The world tells Israel 'wait, there's still time'. And I say, 'Wait for what? Wait until when?'" said Mr Netanyahu, speaking in English. "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."

Mr Netanyahu has been pushing Barack Obama, the US president, to adopt a tougher line against Iran, arguing that setting a clear boundary for Iran's uranium enrichment activities and imposing stronger economic sanctions could deter Tehran from developing nuclear weapons and mitigate the need for military action.