Iran’s announcement that it has test launched a missile capable of striking Israel has fuelled calls for military action against the Islamic Republic.
The claim comes a day after a top Iranian official warned of an attack on Tel Aviv in response to any eventual strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities.
It has provoked a defiant and belligerent response from Israeli MPs and cabinet ministers.
Housing Minister Ze’ev Boim said: “I suggest Israel will not talk and Israel should prepare itself to do what is needed to do.”
Some Knesset members, like Aryeh Eldad of the National Union party said the tests proved diplomacy had not worked: “Unfortunately even the long-range missiles that were tested in Iran will not convince Europe or the United States to militarily solve the problem of Iran. It seems that Israel will be left alone to do the job and the sooner the better.”
Last month Israeli fighter jets took part in an exercise seen by many as a rehearsal for an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities.
Tehran has defended what it says is its right to nuclear energy.