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Netanyahu Vows to Prevent Iran From Gaining Atomic Bomb After Obama Talks

March 05, 2012

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, capping a day he started in White House talks with President Barack Obama, told Jewish leaders he won’t allow his nation to be threatened by an Iranian nuclear bomb.

Iran would be more reckless and dangerous with a nuclear weapon, Netanyahu said tonight in a speech in Washington to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. He said he wouldn’t let Israel live in the “shadow of annihilation.”

While Netanyahu praised Obama for leading a campaign to toughen economic sanctions on Iran, he said such actions haven’t led Iran to curtail its nuclear program and Israel must be able to defend itself against a threat to its existence.

“None of us can afford to wait much longer,” Netanyahu said.

In the meeting with Netanyahu, Obama said “there is still a window” for a diplomatic solution to the confrontation with Iran. He said the U.S. has a “rock solid” commitment to Israel’s security and that “all options” are available to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran.

Speaking to Aipac yesterday, Obama said sanctions need more time to work. He said “loose talk of war” is driving up the price of Iranian oil and jeopardizing U.S. and Israeli security.

To contact the reporter on this story: Jonathan Ferziger in Tel Aviv at jferziger@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Steven Komarow at skomarow1@bloomberg.net


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