Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made clear in an interview aired Sunday that he believes President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaAll five living former presidents to attend hurricane relief concert Overnight Health Care: Schumer calls for tying ObamaCare fix to children's health insurance | Puerto Rico's water woes worsen | Dems plead for nursing home residents' right to sue Interior moves to delay Obama’s methane leak rule 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.