Netanyahu: US must guarantee Israel's safety from Iraqi attack
WASHINGTON The US has a responsibility to ensure Israelis are protected against weapons of mass destruction before it decides to launch a military offensive to oust Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, former prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Thursday.
"A central component of any strike on Iraq must be to ensure that the Israeli government, if it so chooses, has the means to vaccinate every citizen of Israel before action is initiated," Netanyahu told the House Government Reform Committee.
"Ensuring this is not merely the responsibility of the government of Israel, but also the responsibility of the government of the United States."
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's inner cabinet decided last month to vaccinate 15,000 first responders for smallpox but has postponed a decision on any wider vaccination plan.