Netanyahu Addresses AIPAC

On satellite hookup, Israeli PM tells annual

conference that only military threat can stop Iran


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to AIPAC's annual policy conference via satellite on Monday, saying that only a credible threat of military source can stop Iran's nuclear weapons program.

Netanyahu joked about his inability to attend the conference, saying "I had to stay in Israel to do something a lot more enjoyable: putting together a coalition government. What fun!"

The prime minister's primary focus was on Iran. The Iranian nuclear program, he said, has not be stopped by international sanctions, and diplomacy, he said, "has not worked."

Iran is "running out the clock. It has used negotiations, including the most recent ones, to buy time to press ahead with its nuclear program."

Israel and the international community, he went on, has to stop the Iranians "before it's too late." This, he said, is only possible if the world is prepared to use force against the Islamic republic.

"Words alone will not stop Iran," he said. "Sanctions alone will not stop Iran. Sanctions must be coupled with a clear and credible military threat if diplomacy and sanctions fail."

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