(CBS) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is making it clear that Israel will not wait to take out Iranian nuclear facilities.
In heated comments toward the United States, the Israeli prime minister said that itâ€™s becoming clear that diplomacy will not work with Iran.
â€œThe world tells Israel, `Wait. Thereâ€™s still time,â€™â€ Netanyahu said Tuesday, according to The Associated Press. â€œAnd I say: `Wait for what? Wait until when?â€™ Those in the international community who refuse to put red lines before Iran donâ€™t have a moral right to place a red light before Israel.â€
The Obama administration has consistently stated that they donâ€™t want to go the military route against Iran and give more time for the sanctions to force Tehran to give up its nuclear ambitions.
Netanyahu worries Iran will continue developing nuclear technology without giving the Islamic nation a firm timeline to stop.
â€œIf Iran knows that there is no deadline, what will it do? Exactly what itâ€™s doing. Itâ€™s continuing, without any interference, towards obtaining nuclear weapons capability and from there, nuclear bombs,â€ he said, according to Haaertz.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak tried to downplay the harsh rhetoric, saying in a statement to Haaertz that the tension between the U.S. and Israel should be ironed out â€œbehind closed doors.â€
The Israeli paper also reports that the White House denied Netanyahuâ€™s request to visit President Obama at the end of this month.