Red lines needed in Iran nuclear crisis, Netanyahu says


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that a red line for Iran was needed.


Uriel Sinai

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that Western powers were not doing enough to halt Iran's nuclear program.

Speaking at a weekly cabinet meeiting, Netanyahu said that a clear red line must be drawn indicating when military intervention to destroy Iran's nuclear program would be used.

"Until Iran doesn't see a red line, it will not stop the program. Iran must not be allowed to have nuclear weapons," he said, reported YNet News.

"Last week 120 countries gathered in Tehran and heard the Iranian leader's slanderous anti-Semitic statements against Israel. No one got up and left the auditorium."

Reuters reported that Israel has lately been ramping up rhetoric regarding the Iranian nuclear program, which might indicate an imminent Israeli strike on that country's nuclear sites.

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Some suspect that Israel may launch an attack against the sites before the US election in November.

The pre-election attack would force President Obama to take a tough stand against Iran to shore up pro-Israel voters, said Reuters.

A recently released IAEA report said that Iran's stockpile of medium-enriched uranium grew 31 percent in May, reported Businessweek, a sign that Western sanctions had failed according to Netanyahu.

Iran claims the report was politically-motivated and an attempt to derail the Non-Aligned Movement's Tehran summit.

Iran continues to maintain that its nuclear program is for civilian use.