Israeli Prez on Iranian Prez: 'We'll Strike Him'
Peres: "We'll strike" Amadinejad if Obama's anti-nuclear efforts fail
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 13, 2009 3:16 AM CDT
"We certainly cannot go it alone, without the US, and we definitely can't go against the US. This would be unnecessary," Peres said.   (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
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(Newser) – Israel's new government continued its saber-rattling with Iran today, threatening to strike the country if President Obama's diplomatic overtures fail, the Jerusalem Post reports. Echoing the hardline rhetoric of new Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, President Shimon Peres issued a warning to Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. "We'll strike him" if Obama can't soften the leader's stance, Peres said.

The Israeli leader stressed that his nation would not attack without America's consent. Speaking to an Israeli radio station, Peres added the arrest of a Hezbollah cell in Egypt last week was a blow to Ahmadinejad's power. He called for Ahmadinejad's Sunni and European enemies to form a united front against the Iranian leader and his nuclear ambitions.