Iran central issue in my next term: Israeli Premier Netanyahu
Sun Dec 23, 2012 10:8AM
There is not a day on which I do not speak to foreign leaders about Iran, this was the case and it remains so.” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin NetanyahuIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Iran’s nuclear energy program will be the “central” issue in the next term if he is re-elected in the January elections. Netanyahu said in an interview with Israel’s Channel 2 aired on Saturday that Iran’s nuclear energy program “is, I would say, the central aim in my next term if I earn the confidence of voters.” “There is not a day on which I do not speak to foreign leaders about Iran, this was the case and it remains so.” Addressing the UN General Assembly on September 27, Netanyahu made baseless allegations against Iran and drew red lines for Iran’s nuclear energy program, claiming that the Islamic Republic would acquire military nuclear capability by next summer.
“The red line must be drawn on Iran’s nuclear enrichment program because these enrichment facilities are the only nuclear installations that we can definitely see and credibly target,” Netanyahu stated.The United States, the Israeli regime and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program. Several current and former Israeli military and intelligence figures have come out against Netanyahu’s war rhetoric against Tehran, saying such a move will backfire. Iran has vehemently refuted the allegations, arguing that as a committed signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency, it is entitled to use nuclear technology for peaceful objectives. SF/HSN/MA