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Netanyahu Incite the US to Threaten Iran With Credible Military Action, in Order to Keep Israel as the Only Nuclear Power in the Middle East

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The Israeli relentless efforts to deny Iran the right for nuclear power is to maintain the Israeli nuclear hegemony in the Middle East, leading to the ultimate subjugation of Iran, following the subjugation of Arab states to the Zionist regional empire.

Netanyahu calls for military threat to Iran

Published today 11:59 JERUSALEM (AFP) -

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday said international sanctions against Iran would only be effective if they were backed by a "credible" military threat.

Netanyahu, speaking to foreign reporters in Jerusalem, repeated a call first made in November, saying it was the only way to ensure Tehran ended what he said was its drive to acquire nuclear weapons.

"The only chance that these sanctions will achieve their objectives would be to couple them with an understanding from Iran that no matter what ... that is if they do not achieve their goal, they will be followed with credible military action," Netanyahu said.

The Israeli leader said only the fear of real consequences had deterred Iran in the past, adding that the sole pause in its program took place in 2003.

"When Iran thought there was a credible military option from the United States they temporarily suspended their nuclear weapons program," he said.

Netanyahu had made a similar call in the past, but it was rejected by US Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who said he believed sanctions were having an impact on Iran.

Israel, which has the Middle East's sole undeclared nuclear arsenal, regards Iran as its principal threat.

Along with the West, Israel suspects Iran of trying to develop atomic weapons under the guise of a civilian nuclear program, a claim Tehran denies.

Israel has been successful so far in creating US-led efforts to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapons capability through sanctions, but has also refused to rule out military force.

Netanyahu did not threaten an Israeli strike, but said the threats should come from the international community, led by the US.

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