“A military strike on Iran and neutralizing its nuclear threat would benefit the Arab states in the Middle East and ease tension throughout the region,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in an interview published Tuesday in the French Magazine Paris Match.
“Five minutes after [an attack], contrary to what the skeptics say, I think a feeling of relief would spread across the region,” said Netanyahu, who has been calling for the US and the international community to draw a clear “red line” beyond which Iran would not be allowed to pass in pursuit of nuclear capability.
“Iran is not popular in the Arab world, far from it, and some governments in the region, as well as their citizens, have understood that a nuclear-armed Iran would be dangerous for them, not just for Israel,” he said.
The interview appeared on the eve of Netanyahu’s scheduled visit to France on Wednesday where, in addition to meeting France’s leaders in Paris, he will also be traveling to Toulouse to participate in a memorial service at the ‘Jewish school’.
During his two-day visit to France, Netanyahu is scheduled to meet French President François Hollande, Prime Minister Jean- Marc Ayrault and Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius.