Jerusalem : Israel’s hawkish Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday slammed the international community for not setting “clear red lines” against Iran due to the lack of determination on their part, allowing Tehran to march ahead with its nuclear programme.
“I think that the truth must be told,” Netanyahu said at the beginning of the weekly cabinet meeting, adding, “the international community is not putting down a clear red line to Iran, and Iran is not seeing international determination to stop its nuclear programme”.
Until the Iranians see a clear red line and this determination, he said, they will not stop moving their nuclear programme forward. “Iran cannot get a nuclear weapon,” the Israeli Premier declared.
The Israeli leader also slammed participants in last week’s Non-Aligned Movement conference in Tehran for being silent spectators to the “anti-Semitic rants” of the Iranian leadership. “No one stood up, no one left the hall,” he said.
This lack of protest was even worse in light of the recent International Atomic Energy Agency report that “confirms what I have been saying for a long time, the international sanctions are making things difficult for the Iranian economy, but are not delaying at all the Iranian nuclear programme,” the Israeli Premier stressed.
Meanwhile, as US-Israel tensions mount over the possibility of an Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear installations, Netanyahu’s ministers criticised American Joint Chief of Staff General Martin Dempsey, for recently saying that “he did not wish to be complicit in an Israeli strike”.
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