Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made clear in an interview aired Sunday that he believes President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaOvernight Energy: Dems ask Pruitt to justify first-class travel | Obama EPA chief says reg rollback won't stand | Ex-adviser expects Trump to eventually rejoin Paris accord Overnight Regulation: Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks | Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare | FCC to officially rescind net neutrality Thursday | Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won't stand Ex-US ambassador: Mueller is the one who is tough on Russia MORE is the key to stopping Iran's nuclear program.

"There's only been one time that Iran stopped the program and that was when it feared U.S. military action," Netanyahu said in the interview on "Fox News Sunday," adding that Iran's nuclear program was advancing by the hour.


"The president's position that all options are on the table might have the only real effect on Iran -- if they think it's true," Netanyahu said.

The prime minister said he did not think that an Iranian nuclear program could be contained, but said "people fall into that misperception." He added that Iran or "other radicals like the Taliban" couldn't be relied upon as negotiating partners.

When asked whether Israel might initiate military action, Netanyahu stressed that all options are on the table.

"The Jewish state was set up to defend Jewish lives and we always reserve the right to defend ourselves," he said.