Iranwire – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that he will do “whatever we need to do to defend ourselves” against the Islamic Republic of Iran, amid growing Western concerns about Iran’s missile capabilities and nuclear programs.
Speaking to UK broadcaster Sky News on June 9, Netanyahu rejected US attempts to resolve the crisis only through dialogue, saying diplomacy has failed to stop Tehran from developing its nuclear capabilities.
Israel has threatened to launch preemptive military strikes on Iranian targets if international diplomacy fails to rein in Tehran’s nuclear work.
The Islamic Republic is believed to have the largest and most diverse ballistic missile arsenal in the Middle East.
Israel sees the country’s missile program as a threat and warns the missiles could be used to carry nuclear weapons. Tehran denies seeking such weapons and claims its missile arsenal is for defense and deterrence purposes only.
“I think diplomacy can only work if it’s coupled with a credible military threat or the willingness to apply the military option if deterrence fails,” Netanyahu said.
“Iran is openly committed to destroying, repeating the Holocaust and destroying the 6 or 7 million Jews of Israel and we’re not going to sit by, idly by and let them do it,” the Israeli prime minister added. “[If] these Ayatollahs think that they could threaten us with a nuclear holocaust they’re wrong. We will do whatever we need to do to defend ourselves.”