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.