Israel´s Labour leader slams Netanyahu on Iran (AFP) AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE) 05/05/12)
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The head of Israel´s Labour party on Saturday slammed Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu for presenting a potential nuclear Iran as the
Jewish state´s greatest threat.
"It is a mistake to make the Iranian threat into Israel´s central
problem," Shelly Yacimovitch said in a televised interview with
privately-owned Channel 2.
Yacimovich said that sanctions on Iran should be afforded more time
to yield results, and stressed the need to be "fully coordinated"
with the United States on the issue.
"A military strike is always the last option," she said.
Yacimovich, whose party is currently in the opposition, will be
facing Netanyahu in elections most likely to be held in September.
Netanyahu has repeatedly stated that a nuclear Iran was an
existential threat to Israel.
He was recently subject to scathing criticism mouthed by his former
internal security chief Yuval Diskin, who called the premier and
Defence Minister Ehud Barak "messianic" and accused the two of
misleading the Israeli public into believing that if Israel launches
an attack against Iran´s nuclear facilities, Iran would not have a
Israel, widely considered the sole if undeclared nuclear power in the
Middle East, believes a nuclear-armed Iran would pose an existential
threat to the Jewish state and refuses to rule out a pre-emptive
strike in a bid to halt it.
The international community has slapped a series of tough sanctions
on Iran over widely-held suspicions it is seeking a militarised
nuclear capability -- a charge which Tehran denies.
Israel has expressed doubt the sanctions will work. (Copyright © 2012
Agence France Presse. 05/05/12)
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