On Eve of Election, Bibi Netanyahu Sounds Alarms on Iran

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Nov. 6 2012 2:55 PM

On Eve of Election, Bibi Netanyahu Sounds Alarms on Iran

As voters in the United States head to the polls, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has a blunt reminder of what awaits the next president in the Middle East.

Faced with re-election himself in January, Netanyahu was asked by Israel’s Channel 2 about Iran’s progress toward a nuclear weapon. “I am of course ready to press the button if necessary,” he replied. “If there's no other way, Israel is ready to act.”

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Netanyahu has repeatedly threatened that Israel might strike Iran on its own, rhetoric likely aimed at the Obama Administration, which has favored continued sanctions. On the same program, Ehud Olmert, a potential rival for prime minister, had this to say about Netanyahu’s heated language aimed at Obama: “And if we need something, who would we ask? The person who we're doing everything to prevent from becoming the president of the United States?”

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