Friday 24 January 2020

Netanyahu speech hints at war strike against Iran

Catrina Stewart in Jerusalem

Israeli commentators speculated yesterday that the country's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu was preparing the public for war against Iran after he delivered his most decisive speech yet on the nuclear threat posed by its arch foe.

Just over a week after returning apparently empty-handed from Washington, where he tried to enlist US support for a pre-emptive strike, Mr Netanyahu appeared to hint that he might strike Iran's nuclear facilities, potentially signalling a decision to attack within weeks or months.

"Israel has never left its fate to others, not even the best of its friends," Mr Netanyahu told Israel's parliament, citing occasions when Israel acted against US wishes. Israeli newspaper 'Maariv' reported that cabinet ministers said privately that the address "sounded like a preparatory speech for an attack".

The speech coincided with reports that Israel's cabinet is arranged eight to six in favour of a pre-emptive strike on Iran. (©Independent News Service)

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