Netanyahu to Iran: Be Afraid

Thinks 'credible military threat' the only way Tehran will abandon nukes
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 8, 2010 10:08 AM CST
Vice President Joe Biden meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the annual General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010.    (Gerald Herbert)
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(Newser) – Benjamin Netanyahu thinks the only way to keep Iran in its place is with a big stick: The Israeli PM, meeting with Joe Biden yesterday, reportedly said that the only thing that will deter Iran's march toward nuclear power is a "credible military threat" against Iran—not sanctions. Defense Secretary Robert Gates quickly backed away from Netanyahu's comments, saying that sanctions are "biting more deeply" than thought and that military action wouldn't "get Iran to take the actions it needs to."

Iran is believed to have enough enriched uranium for a single nuclear bomb, notes the AP, and to soon have enough for a second. Israel has taken unilateral military action before to destroy a country's nuclear ambitions: In 1981, Israeli jets destroyed an unfinished nuclear reactor in Iraq. Experts judge that the Iranian nuclear program would be harder to cripple because facilities are scattered across the vast country and some are located underground.

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