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NETANYAHU SAYS IRAN ‘20 YARDS' FROM A NUCLEAR WEAPON IN DIRECT APPEAL TO AMERICAN VOTERS

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NETANYAHU SAYS IRAN ‘20 YARDS' FROM A NUCLEAR WEAPON IN DIRECT APPEAL TO AMERICAN VOTERS

  • Posted on September 16, 2012 at 8:53pm by Erica Ritz
Netanyahu Appeals to American Voters on Iran: 20 Yards From Nuclear Weapon

(Photo: AP)

(TheBlaze/AP) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took his case on Iran directly to U.S. voters Sunday, telling the American public in televised interviews that the White House must be willing to draw a "red line" on Tehran's nuclear program, comparing Tehran's nuclear program to Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh and reminding Americans of the devastating repercussions of failed intelligence.

His remarks were an impassioned election-season plea from a world leader who insists he doesn't want to insert himself into U.S. politics and hasn't endorsed either candidate. But visibly frustrated by U.S. policy under President Barack Obama, the hawkish Israeli leader took advantage of the week‘s focus on unrest across the Muslim world and America's time-honored tradition of the Sunday television talk shows to appeal to Americans headed to the polls in less than two months.

Tehran claims its nuclear program is peaceful, but Netanyahu said the U.S. would be foolish to believe such a claim, using football metaphors and citing examples of past terrorist attacks on U.S. soil to appeal to his American audience.

"It's like Timothy McVeigh walking into a shop in Oklahoma City and saying, `I'd like to tend my garden. I'd like to buy some fertilizer.' ... Come on. We know that they're working on a weapon," Netanyahu said.

Here is video of Netanyahu's appearance on CNN:

 

Last week the Israeli prime minister called on Obama and other world leaders to state clearly at what point Iran would face a military attack. But Obama and his top aides, who repeatedly say all options remain on the table, have pointed to intelligence that suggests Iran hasn't decided yet whether to build a bomb despite pursing the technology, saying there is still plenty of time for action.

 

Netanyahu disagrees, estimating that Iran is about six months away from having most of the enriched uranium it needs, and warning that letting them reach the "goal line" would have disastrous consequences.

"You know, they're in the last 20 yards, and you can't let them cross that goal line," Netanyahusaid on NBC's Meet the Press.  "You can't let them score a touchdown, because that would have unbelievable consequences, grievous consequences for the peace and security of us all, of the world really."

Obama's Republican opponent, Mitt Romney, has said he is willing to take a tougher stance than Obama against Iran, although his campaign has declined to provide specifics. He has also aligned himself personally with Netanyahu, casting the Israeli leader as a longtime friend.

Netanyahu Appeals to American Voters on Iran: 20 Yards From Nuclear Weapon

(Photo: AP)

Meanwhile, Obama is reported to have a strained relationship with Netanyahu, chastising Israel for continuing to build housing settlements in areas disputed with the Palestinians and reportedly turning down Netanyahu's requests to meet.

America's ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice responded Sunday by saying there is "no daylight" between the U.S. and Israel, insisting Obama "will do what it takes" to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. But, she said, "we are not at that stage yet."

She also said the massive riots throughout the Middle East were "spontaneous" and a "response to a hateful and offensive video."

Netanyahu Appeals to American Voters on Iran: 20 Yards From Nuclear Weapon

U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice maintains there is 'no daylight' between the United States and Israel. (Photo: AP)

But Netanyahu cited employed historical examples known to most Americans to make his case: President John F. Kennedy's demand that the Soviets remove its missiles sites in Cuba "maybe purchased decades of peace," Netanyahu said.  And absent a similar "red line," then-Iraqi President Saddam Hussein faced a U.S. attack in 1991 after invading Kuwait.

"Maybe that war could have been avoided," Netanyahu said.

The prime minister also pointed to America's inability to prevent the 9/11 hijackings as proof that intelligence can fail.

Netanyahu insisted that his motivations are not political, but reflected a key sense of urgency.

"What's guiding my statements is not the American political calendar but the Iranian nuclear calendar," he remarked.

However, Netanyahu noted that it is not only Israel who will be at risk if the Iranian regime obtains nuclear weapons.

"All the things that you see now in these mobs storming the American Embassies is what you will see with a regime that would have atomic bombs," he said on CNN, reiterating: "You can't [let] such people have atomic bombs."

The Israeli prime minister summarized: "I think that there's a common interest of all Americans, of all political persuasions, to stop Iran...This is a regime that is giving vent to the worst impulses that you see right now in the Middle East."

by on Sep. 16, 2012 at 9:15 PM
Replies (11-15):
pvtjokerus
by Gold Member on Sep. 17, 2012 at 8:05 AM

Sorry.....but you should check the reporting of 60 minutes since 1996 after the big cigarette case.  I loved 60 minutes until they went down hill from there.....

Quoting NWP:

My bad...I forgot that if it isn't from Fox news, it isn't real.

Quoting pvtjokerus:

Sorry, but I would have to see his interview on something other than 60 minutes since they do have a reputation of "editing and distorting their interviews."

Quoting NWP:

Did you see the 60 minute interview with Meir Dagan tonight?

very interesting

The Spymaster: Meir Dagan on Iran's threat

September 16, 2012 12:28 PM

In a rare interview, ex-chief of Mossad Meir Dagan speaks out against a preemptive strike against Iranian nuclear facilities anytime soon. Lesley Stahl reports.

The Spymaster: Meir Dagan on Iran's threat

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7421910n&tag=contentMain;cbsCarousel

 



BillieJeans
by on Sep. 17, 2012 at 8:52 AM
1 mom liked this


Quoting NWP:

So you folks DID NOT watch the interview with Meir Dagan then...

This is how terrible things happen when folks don't have all the information.


You sound just like President Obama, you tell us what you want us to believe, we simply don't draw the same conclusions, so clearly we are the ones that don't all the information.

NWP
by Guerilla Girl on Sep. 17, 2012 at 9:06 AM
1 mom liked this

I believe it is important to get a variety of information from a variety of sources to form a rounded opinion. However, I understand that many folks on here won't believe it unless Fox News says it is so. And that probably won't happen in this case...Do you know who Meir Dagan is?

Quoting BillieJeans:


Quoting NWP:

So you folks DID NOT watch the interview with Meir Dagan then...

This is how terrible things happen when folks don't have all the information.


You sound just like President Obama, you tell us what you want us to believe, we simply don't draw the same conclusions, so clearly we are the ones that don't all the information.


New World Peace

BillieJeans
by on Sep. 17, 2012 at 9:11 AM
1 mom liked this

I do, he was the head of Israel's intelligence service.

Quoting NWP:

I believe it is important to get a variety of information from a variety of sources to form a rounded opinion. However, I understand that many folks on here won't believe it unless Fox News says it is so. And that probably won't happen in this case...Do you know who Meir Dagan is?

Quoting BillieJeans:

 

Quoting NWP:

So you folks DID NOT watch the interview with Meir Dagan then...

This is how terrible things happen when folks don't have all the information.


You sound just like President Obama, you tell us what you want us to believe, we simply don't draw the same conclusions, so clearly we are the ones that don't all the information.



BillieJeans
by on Sep. 17, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Umm, they were always horrible.

Don Hewit was a screaming lib advocate going all the way back to helping Kennedy get elected in 1960.

Quoting pvtjokerus:

Sorry.....but you should check the reporting of 60 minutes since 1996 after the big cigarette case.  I loved 60 minutes until they went down hill from there.....

Quoting NWP:

My bad...I forgot that if it isn't from Fox news, it isn't real.

Quoting pvtjokerus:

Sorry, but I would have to see his interview on something other than 60 minutes since they do have a reputation of "editing and distorting their interviews."

Quoting NWP:

Did you see the 60 minute interview with Meir Dagan tonight?

very interesting

The Spymaster: Meir Dagan on Iran's threat

September 16, 2012 12:28 PM

In a rare interview, ex-chief of Mossad Meir Dagan speaks out against a preemptive strike against Iranian nuclear facilities anytime soon. Lesley Stahl reports.

The Spymaster: Meir Dagan on Iran's threat

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7421910n&tag=contentMain;cbsCarousel

 


 


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