The alleged comments came during a closed-door meeting over the weekend, in which insiders say Netanyahu was as forceful as ever in his track to preemptively strike the Islamic republic.
“If an investigative committee is formed, I’ll go and say that I, I am responsible,” the prime minister said, according to Haaretz sources.
“I’ve had enough of this atmosphere,” he added. “It’s also felt in other discussions [on Iran], people keep showing me presentations prepared as if for an investigative committee. I’ve told them to stop with these presentations, stop speaking on protocol, and get to the point.”
Netanyahu reportedly said he would prefer the US “do the work,” though he said that a first move by the Americans did not look likely. Additionally, the prime minister conceded that Israel would be attacked, whether the US issued a preemptive assault or not.
“The Israeli home front will be hit with ricochets no matter what happens,” he said, adding, “Even if rockets are fired, that would be preferable to a nuclear bomb.”
Netanyahu also responded to criticisms that an Israeli preemptive strike would only delay Iran’s nuclear program by a few years, saying that a 1981 attack on Iraq’s facilities had the desired effect.
“Then too, people said it would take them two years to rebuild the reactor, but the fact remains that to this day [Iraq] doesn’t have a nuclear weapon,” he said.
When asked for a response, the Prime Minister’s Office said, “We do not comment on issues discussed in closed forces, including when the quotes from them are inaccurate.”
Several Israeli news outlets, including Haaretz and Ynet, have backed up the comments, citing several unnamed sources present at the meeting.