Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu warned on Sunday that Iran was just six to seven months away from being able to build a nuclear bomb, adding urgency to his demand that President Barack Obama set a clear "red line" for Tehran in what could deepen the worst US-Israeli rift in decades.
Taking to the television airwaves to make his case directly to the American public, Netanyahu said that by mid-2013, Iran would be 90 percent of the way toward enough enriched uranium for a bomb. He urged the United States to spell out limits that Tehran must not cross if it is to avoid military action - something Obama has refused to do."You have to place that red line before them now, before it's too late," Netanyahu told NBC's "Meet the Press" program, saying that such a US move could reduce the chances of having to attack Iran's nuclear sites.It was the clearest marker Netanyahu has laid down so far on why he has become so strident in his push for Washington to confront Tehran with a strict ultimatum. At the same time, his approach seemed certain to stoke further tensions with Obama, with whom he has had a notoriously testy relationship.Netanyahu showed no signs of backing down on Sunday and even sought to equate the danger of a nuclear-armed Iran with the Islamist fury that fueled attacks on US embassiesacross the Muslim world last week and shocked many Americans.
Netanyahu said a strong ultimatum was needed to Iran, which denies it is seeking a nuclear bomb.
"They're in the 'red zone'," Netanyahu said, using a colorful American football metaphor that describes when a team is close to scoring a touchdown.
"They're in the last 20 yards. And you can't let them cross that goal line," he said. "Because that would have unbelievable consequences."
Sunday, September 16, 2012
PM Netanyahu Gives Warning
Netanyahu Warns: Iran On Brink Of Nuke Bomb In 6-7 Months