Bloomberg Says Netanyahu Is ‘Very Frustrated’ By Iran Threat

Friday, September 28, 2012

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looks to the press and government workers at the top of the stairs as he arrives to his Jerusalem offices to chair the weekly cabinet meeting on March 14. (Getty)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed his frustration about the Iran nuclear threat during their meeting at Gracie Mansion on Thursday.

Speaking on his weekly WOR-AM radio show a day after the meeting, Bloomberg said the leader was “very frustrated” by the current circumstances.

“A good analogy would be if a country very close to us said they were going to annihilate us and started building nuclear bombs — can you imagine?” he asked.

Bloomberg met with the leader while he was in town for the United Nations General Assembly.

“They keep counseling, ‘Take your time and sanctions will work,’” Bloomberg said. “The Israeli position, or at least certainly Netanyahu’s position, is, ‘Supposing we misjudge?’

During his address to delegates at the UN Thursday, Netanyahu used a chart with an illustration of a bomb to show difference stages of uranium enrichment to highlight the threat Iran’s nuclear program poses to Israel.

In his remarks, the prime minister drew a red line across the illustration to indicate the point at which Iranians cannot continue in their nuclear program without sparking a military response.

The mayor said he could understand where the leader is coming from.

“I’m sympathetic in the sense that if it was America, we would not run that risk,” he said. “I don’t think there’s any question about that.”


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Comments [5]

DickeyFuller from DC

Come on --

Mr. Netanyahu knows that Iran will NEVER bomb Israel because it would mean instantaneous annihilation.

He only does it to push Israel’s buttons and everyone knows it, including Mike Bloomberg. That’s why the President is ignoring Bibi. Fergawdsake, the defense experts in Israel don’t even agree with Bibi that an invasion is either necessary or achievable. Israel defense and intel experts agree that the sanctions are working.


Sep. 29 2012 10:07 PM

Netanyahu just wants to get the war started before the Iranian elections because if they elect a moderate who doesn't give a fig about Israel it's going to be so much harder to distract the world from the conditions in the occupied territories.

Sep. 28 2012 07:32 PM
Frank Marino from East village

It is UNBELIEVABLE that this Right Wing - Cheney type who has hundreds of nukes is talking about the SAME thing that killed over a million Iraqi's based on those lies . And he gets your microphone after his Colin Powell like presentation . The nukes have been around for 70 years .I believe that college student know the technology . Fool us every time look like fools again . War mongers !

Sep. 28 2012 07:30 PM
RBach from Canada

most reasonable people don't want to see another nuclear armed nation. Kennedy negotiated with Russia over its expansion to Cuba. Surrounded by trigger happy "experts" he kept a cool head and chose to negotiate..if at least in secret. We can have them and you can't AND we will smash you if you try to have there something wrong with this logic?
A radical idea...we will dismantle ours if you dismantle yours....

Sep. 28 2012 06:53 PM

Bloomberg says "A good analogy would be if a country very close to us said they were going to annihilate us and started building nuclear bombs-can you imagine?" Yeah! Remember the Soviet Union...putz. Sorry WNYC this clown makes me crazy.

Sep. 28 2012 05:54 PM

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