Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu: “Not if, but when.”

Asked about Israel’s perceived reluctance to take military action against Iran’s defiant nuclear program without American consent, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu made clear that he was prepared to act without anyone’s permission.

Israel Today  “When former Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion declared the establishment of the State of Israel, was it with the consent of the Americans? When former Prime Minister Menachem Begin bombed the Iraqi nuclear reactor, was that with the consent of the Americans?” asked Netanyahu.

Netanyahu insisted that the Jewish nation’s days of pleading for its survival were over. “When we didn’t have a state, when we didn’t have an army, and when someone threatened to destroy us and then actually annihilated us, we went and pleaded with others. Today we don’t plead, we prepare.”

The interviewer pressed Netanyahu on whether or not he was endangering Israel by going down such a dangerous path, a line of thinking that has characterized the election campaign of his political opponents. Netanyahu responded by reiterating what he and Defense Minister Ehud Barak have been saying for months – that launching a preemptive strike against a non-nuclear Iran will be far less dangerous than dealing with a nuclear-armed Islamic Republic.