Israeli PM calls for 'clear red lines' against Iran



Israeli PM calls for `clear red lines` against Iran Jerusalem: Israel's hawkish Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday slammed the international community for not setting "clear red lines" against Iran due to the lack of determination on their part, allowing Tehran to march ahead with its nuclear programme.

"I think that the truth must be told," Netanyahu said at the beginning of the weekly cabinet meeting, adding, "the international community is not putting down a clear red line to Iran, and Iran is not seeing international determination to stop its nuclear programme".

Until the Iranians see a clear red line and this determination, he said, they will not stop moving their nuclear programme forward.

"Iran cannot get a nuclear weapon," the Israeli Premier declared.

The Israeli leader also slammed participants in last week's Non-Aligned Movement conference in Tehran for being silent spectators to the "anti-Semitic rants" of the Iranian leadership.

"No one stood up, no one left the hall," he said. This lack of protest was even worse in light of the recent International Atomic Energy Agency report that "confirms what I have been saying for a long time, the international sanctions are making things difficult for the Iranian economy, but are not delaying at all the Iranian nuclear programme," the Israeli Premier stressed.

Meanwhile, as US-Israel tensions mount over the possibility of an Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear installations, Netanyahu's ministers criticised American Joint Chief of Staff General Martin Dempsey, for recently saying that "he did not wish to be complicit in an Israeli strike".

"We certainly didn't like his statements," Israel's Environment Protection Minister Gilad Erdan, said.

"Dempsey's comments don't compute with statements made by the White House spokesman with regards to the strength of the relationship between Israel and the US," Erdan said.

"Israel needs to maintain its right to defend itself, it is the right thing to do and Israel will not place its security in the hands of others," he asserted. Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz called Dempsey's statement "unfortunate".

"I really didn't understand his statements. The wording was unfortunate. The strategic relations and defence ties are as strong as ever, the cooperation is good and my contacts in the US haven't heard of any unprecedented crisis," he noted.

Israel has dubbed the Iranian nuclear programme "an existential threat" for its country vowing to stop it using "all options on the table". Iran claims that its nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes.

PTI