FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012 file photo, a visitor looks at portraits of Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during the exhibition "faces of power" by Greek photo artist Platon Antoniou, shown at the Photokina 2012 in Cologne, Germany. (AP Photo / Martin Meissner, File)
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's prime minister says Iran is progressing toward acquisition of a nuclear bomb in order to destroy Israel.
Benjamin Netanyahu pledged on Israeli Channel 2 TV's investigative program "Uvda" that as long as he is prime minister, Iran will not go nuclear.
"We are serious, this is not a show," he said in an interview that aired Monday. "If there is no other way to stop Iran, Israel is ready to act."
Israel considers a nuclear-armed Iran an existential threat. Israel has repeatedly hinted of a military strike on Iran to stop its progress.
The TV show reported that two years ago, Netanyahu ordered his military to go on high alert for a looming attack on Iran, but he backed off following strong objections from senior security officials.