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We shall Strike Iran even if our American Friends Object

PM says won’t accept terror-backing Iran getting nukes, blames 2005 Disengagement Plan for Gaza situation.

Iran is the primary actor responsible for escalations in the Gaza Strip, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Wednesday. “Gaza is Iran,” the prime minister told a special Knesset session in which he was obligated to speak.

Connecting the recent round of violence in Gaza and the Iranian nuclear threat, Netanyahu said he is not prepared to accept a situation in which the country, which backs terrorist groups, becomes a nuclear power.

The prime minister went on to lay blame for Iran’s influence in the Strip on the 2005 Gaza Disengagement Plan and those politicians who supported it. “You inserted Iran into Gaza,” he told members of Knesset.

In general, and regarding the Iranian threat in particular, Netanyahu praised Israel’s alliance with the United States but said Israel’s ability and right to defend itself was even more important .

During his recent trip to Washington, during which he met with US President Barack Obama, Netanyahu paraphrased former prime minister Menachem Begin to explain why he emphasized and reiterated Israel’s right to defend itself.

“Israel has never put its fate in the hands of others and that is my primary responsibility as prime minister,” he said.

The Prime Minister sharpened his tone in his speech to the Knesset  and declared, “We shall strike Iran even if our American friends object.”

He was further irked by a decision by US President Barack Obama and visiting British premier David Cameron, reportedly to intensify their efforts for holding Israel back from striking Iran’s nuclear facilities.

Netanyahu therefore stressed once again that Israel would decide for itself the best way to pre-empt a nuclear Iran.

No sooner were his comments broadcast, when Washington announced that Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs Andrew Shapiro would be traveling to Israel forthwith.  He will no doubt try and clarify how far Netanyahu really means to go.

 JPOST Staff

March 14, 2012

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