"We will have to roll up our sleeves and start working straightaway, as soon as we step out of this office," Netanyahu said at the ceremony.
In an interview with the Atlantic magazine just before his swearing in ceremony, Netanyahu hinted the Jewish state may need to attack Iran.
"You don't want a messianic apocalyptic cult controlling atomic bombs," Netanyahu said, referring to Iran. "When the wide-eyed believer gets hold of the reins of power and the weapons of mass death, then the entire world should start worrying, and that is what is happening in Iran."
He then told the Atlantic that in the past, Israeli preemptive strikes were necessary against regimes threatening the Jewish state's existence. He was referring to Israel's 1981 attack against Iraq's nuclear reactor and a 2007 bombing raid against a suspected Syrian nuclear site purportedly being constructed with aid from North Korea.
Israel has every right to preemptively terminate Iran's offensive nuclear capability, precisely because Iran promised to destroy Israel for simply existing.
When someone has explicitly promised to kill you, don't wait around.