Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday warned that if the West takes the same flawed approach as it did with North Korean in dealing with Iran's defiant nuclear program, then the Islamic Republic will, like North Korea, invariably manage to attain atomic weapons.
The warning comes less than a week after officials with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) once again failed to reach a deal with Iran that would allow them to inspect suspect nuclear facilities. This game of cat and mouse has been going on for over a decade, and is the same kind of failed diplomatic effort that allowed North Korea to go nuclear nearly unmolested.
The only viable approach to deterring Iran, Netanyahu told a meeting of the Jewish Agency's Board of Governors, is to couple sanctions with "a robust, credible military threat."
The one country that could realistically make such a threat, the United States, appears to be going in the opposite direction. US President Barack Obama just appointed to the positions of Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense two men who have been outspoken in their opposition to using military force against Iran.
Netanyahu said that when Obama visits Israel next month, he will look to remind the American leader that "Iran does not conceal its desire to destroy the Jewish state and threaten the rest of the world."