(New York Times) JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday reiterated his willingness to attack the Iranian nuclear program without support from Washington or the world, returning to an aggressive posture that he had largely abandoned since his United Nations speech in September.
Ehud Olmert, a former prime minister and rival, criticized Mr. Netanyahu for "spitting in the face" of President Obama.
"When David Ben-Gurion declared the foundation of the state of Israel, was it done with American approval?" Mr. Netanyahu asked in an interview broadcast on Israel's Channel 2 on Monday night. "When Levi Eshkol was forced to act in order to loosen the siege before 1967, was it done with the Americans' support?
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"If someone sits here as the prime minister of Israel and he can't take action on matters that are cardinal to the existence of this country, its future and its security, and he is totally dependent on receiving approval from others, then he is not worthy of leading," Mr. Netanyahu added. "I can make these decisions."