At the opening of his meeting with visiting US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said that Iran believed the international community was not actually serious or committed in trying to stop it from obtaining nuclear weapons. Time was running out for a peaceful solution, said Netanyahu. The world must convince Iran very soon that it will face unacceptable consequences if it keeps building its nuclear weapons program.
Earlier Wednesday, Panetta visited an Iron Dome counter rocket defense system outside the city of Ashkelon together with Defense Minister Ehud Barak. "If they continue and if they proceed with a nuclear weapon," said Panetta," ... we have options that we are prepared to implement to ensure that that does not happen." he said.