Live on Haaretz: Netanyahu: Israel Cannot Afford to Wait Much Longer on Iran

Haaretz correspondent Barak Ravid reports from the America-Israel Public Affairs Committee conference in Washington, with additional reporting by Chemi Shalev.

Following his meeting with US President Obama this morning in Washington, Prime Minister Netanyahu will tell 13,000 AIPAC delegates: “The world must unite against Iran, but if we must, we will defend ourselves.”


U.S. President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

22:17 Short speech. Only Iran. If I was Obama, I would not be feeling too comfortable. (Chemi Shalev)

22:16 Speech ends (Haaretz)

22:16 Queen Esther is applauded... first time in 2500 years...(Chemi Shalev)

22:15 Beit-Shemesh effect - Netanyahu: I will never allow discrimination of women in Israel. (Barak Ravid)

22:14 Netanyahu: Israel is "forward position of freedom in the Middle East." (Chemi Shalev)

22:14 Netanyahu: Israel's fate is to be the forward fort of freedom in the middle east. I will always protect Israeli democracy. (Barak Ravid)

22:11 I must say that this sounds as the question of Israel's attack is now when, not if... (Chemi Shalev)

22:11 Again BB with the holocaust analogies. How terrified can one guy be. (Barak Ravid)

22:10 Netanyahu: as the PM of Israel I will never let my people live in the shadow of annihilation. (Barak Ravid)

22:10 "Can't afford to wait much longer." (Chemi Sahlev)

22:08 Allison Good & he should run in the republican primary. He will win! (Barak Ravid)

22:06 Wonder if and when Netanyahu will speak of something other than Iran.... (Chemi Sahlev)

22:06 the language is not his problem. AIPAC people get him once a year. Israelis have to put Up with BB every day. (Barak Ravid)

22:05 Netanyahu and McConnell trade lines: if Iran behaves like this without weapons, think how it would behave when it has one. (Chemi Shalev)

22:04 Netanyahu: we need to talk about the cost of not stopping Iran. I will give terrorists a nuclear umbrella. (Barak Ravid)

22:04 Wonder how many in the audience - including Netanyahu - agree with Vice Premier Shalom: Obama speech was "a defining moment." (Chemi Shalev)

22:03 BB is in his zone tonight. I think he wish he could come to AIPAC every week. He doesn't have such an easy night anywhere in Israel. (Barak Ravid)

22:02 Netanyahu: as prime minister I will never gamble on the security of the state of Israel. (Barak Ravid)

22:00 Not only does Netanyahu speak "American" better than he speaks "Israeli", he speaks it much better than most Americans. (Chemi Shalev)

21:58 Netanyahu: If it looks like a duck and walks like a duck - it's a nuclear duck. It's Time for the world to call a duck a duck. (Barak Ravid)

21:57 Not going to talk about what israel will do or won't do - i never talk about that. (Chemi Shalev)

21:56 First time: Israel reserves the right to defend itself. (Chemi Shalev)

21:55 Netanyahu: Israel leaves all options on the table and containment is not an option. (Barak Ravid)

21:54 Netanyahu presents Minister Yossi Peled who was hidden as a Christian boy during the Holocaust and became one of Israel's "bravest and greatest soldiers." (Chemi Shalev)

21:54 Netanyahu at AIPAC: Israel should always reserve the right to defend itself. (Barak Ravid)

21:53 Netanyahu: "WOW thanks a lot for the endorsement." (Barak Ravid)

21:52 Gets crowd to stand up and applaud US representatives in the hall. (Chemi Shalev)

21:51 BB Netanyahu started his speech at AIPAC. Here he is the president of the US - Not Barack Obama (Barak Ravid)

21:49 Netanyahu receives standing ovation, tells crowd sarcastically: "wow, this is just like in Jerusalem" (Chemi Shalev)