Netanyahu says Israel ‘cannot rule out pre-emptive strikes’

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Credit: Cherie Cullen via Wikimedia Commons.

( Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday at a Knesset plenum marking the 40th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War, which began with a surprise attack, that Israel “cannot rule out pre-emptive strikes.”

“Not every situation calls for [pre-emptive strikes], and they should be weighed on carefully,” Netanyahu said. “But there are times when thinking about international response to such a move is not worth the price that we would pay in blood for being on the receiving end of a strategic attack, [an attack] which we would then have to respond to later, and perhaps then it may be too late.”

The prime minister’s comments come during ongoing tension over Iran’s nuclear program. Negotiations between Iran and Western powers started Monday in Geneva.

“Iran is in a bad spot right now, and it is possible to harness the full power of the sanctions to get the desired result. I hope that the international community does this, and I call on it to do so,” Netanyahu said Tuesday.

Posted on October 16, 2013 .