Israel could act against Iran's nuclear program, defence minister says
Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon, left, attends a cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on April 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Gali Tibbon, Pool)
The Associated Press
Published Tuesday, March 18, 2014 6:06AM EDT
JERUSALEM -- Israel's defence minister says his country cannot depend on the United States to lead an action against Iran's nuclear program and that Israel can only rely on itself.
Moshe Yaalon says Israel believed "the one who should lead the campaign against Iran is the U.S" but instead, Washington began talks with Tehran.
He says Iran has the upper hand in the talks and that "we (Israelis) have to look out for ourselves."
Yaalon's office confirmed his remarks, which were published in the Israeli daily Haaretz on Tuesday, but refused to comment whether the defence minister was advocating an Israeli strike on Iran.
Yaalon spoke as world powers and Iran are to start a new round of talks over Iran's contested nuclear program in Vienna. Iran denies it seeks nuclear weapons.