Skip to comments.Israeli PM: Strike on Iran Would Be Good for Arab world
Posted on 10/30/2012 11:51:34 AM PDT by lbryce
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu sought on Tuesday to convince Arab states that an Israeli military strike on Iran would benefit them, removing a potential threat and easing tensions across the Middle East.
Netanyahu has made a number of veiled threats to attack Iran's nuclear program and has appealed to the United States and the United Nations to set a limit for Tehran on its further development
In an interview published on Tuesday with French magazine Paris Match, Netanyahu said such a strike would not worsen regional tensions, as many critics have warned.
"Five minutes after, contrary to what the skeptics say, I think a feeling of relief would spread across the region," he said.
"Iran is not popular in the Arab world, far from it, and some governments in the region, as well as their citizens, have understood that a nuclear armed Iran would be dangerous for them, not just for Israel," he said.
Israel believes Tehran intends to build atomic weapons and has consistently urged the West to increase up sanctions. Iran says it is enriching uranium for peaceful energy purposes only.
The United States and other Western countries have rejected Netanyahu's demand to set a limit for Iran and have urged him to refrain from military action to give diplomacy and sanctions a chance to work.
Netanyahu, who is running for re-election in January at the head of the right-wing Likud-Beytenu party, told the United Nations last month that a strike could wait until spring or summer when he said Tehran might be on the brink of building an atomic bomb.
During his two-day visit to France, Netanyahu will travel to the southern city of Toulouse with President Francois Hollande for a ceremony of remembrance for the victims of an Islamist gunman who killed seven people there in March, including three Jewish children.
A couple of strikes on Saudi Arabia would be beneficial for Arabs too. I’d suggest Mecca and Medina.
15 Jan. 2013 would be a good date for all.
Too late for BO to screw things up.
Just in time for Romney to be sufficiently briefed to help as he comes in the door.
Helps Bibi in his Re-elect bid.
Slams Iran and the terrorists they fund.
Warning to rest of terror base.
Ballsy move by Netanyahu.