Netanyahu Says, Containment Policy For Iran Won’t Work, Wants Red Line (Video)

September 16, 2012 | By
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Is Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu trying to inject himself into the US presidential election?

Speaking on  Meet The Press, he repeated his demand for Washington to draw a “red line” over the Iranian regime’s nuclear weapons ambition.

“You have to place that red line before them [Iran] now, before it’s too late,” he said.

As prime minister,  Netanyahu has repeatedly expressed frustration with American reluctance to condone military action in Iran.  Only last week, he thundered that the international community had ‘no moral right’ to put ‘red lines before Israel’.

But this bullish approach met a cool reception in Washington. President Obama is reported to have declined a request to meet with Netanyahu during the United Nations general assembly later this month.

The consensus that  Netanyahu has deliberately used the Iran issue to insert himself in the American electoral race, to embarrass the president and boost the Republican ticket is  gaining momentum in the US media.

 Netanyahu rejected as “completely groundless” the notion that he is wielding the Iranian nuclear threat as a political weapon to weaken President Obama ahead of the US elections.

Netanyahu also emphatically denied claims made by Leon Panetta, the US Defense Secretary, that Israel’s insistence on a “red line”, after which the US would guarantee to attack Iranian nuclear installations, was mere “posturing”.

However, Panetta said that “red lines are kind of political arguments that are used to try to put people in a corner”.

 

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