Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu promised the Israeli public that he is capable of “pushing the button” to strike Iranian nuclear facilities if he felt he had to, in a Channel 2 investigative report aired Monday.
“I guarantee that as if I’m re-elected as prime minister I will not allow Iran to get a nuclear bomb,” Netanyahu said in an interview. Asked if he was really capable of “pressing the button,” Netanyahu replied: “I am capable, if I have to. I hope that I won’t have to.”
He emphasized that he was not “rushing to war,” and indicated that he would prefer to solve the issue through international sanctions. “Iran is progressing, step by step,” he said. “Today we are not begging other people to help us. Today we are prepared ourselves.”
The first part of the report, previewed Sunday, detailed how Netanyahu and Barak ordered the IDF to raise its alert level ahead of a possible attack on Iranian nuclear facilities in 2010, a move which drew virulent objections from both the IDF and Mossad chiefs.