Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Jewish American leaders Monday that the Iranians are getting closer to developing nuclear weapons.
At the United Nations General Assembly in September, Netanyahu presented a diagram of a bomb illustrating Iran’s stages of development, with a red line indicating where nuclear capability would occur. Netanyahu estimated that red line could be crossed in the summer of 2013.
According to a Israel Hayom report, Netanyahu repeated his concern in a speech to the Conference of Presidents in Jerusalem:
“I drew a line at the U.N. last time I was there,” Netanyahu said. “They haven’t crossed that line, but what they’re doing is to shorten the time that it will take them to cross that line.”
“The way they’re shortening that time is by putting in new, faster centrifuges that cut the time by one third. This has to be stopped, for the interest of peace and security, for the interest of the entire world.
“How do you stop it? Well, you have to put greater pressure on them. You have to upgrade the sanctions. And they have to know that if the sanctions and diplomacy fails, they will face a credible military threat.”
Netanyahu’s remarks come a month before President Obama’s planned visit to Israel. U.S. officials have communicated to Netanyahu’s office that Obama plans to continue diplomatic engagement with Iran and expects no “military surprises” from Israel.
Read the entire Israel Hayom report here.
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