Confrontation Looms in 2013 Between Israel, Iran

by Scott Bobb, Voice of America  |  published on December 21, 2012

Benjamin Netanyahu

As 2012 drew to a close, Israeli political analysts predicted that tensions between Israel and Iran over its reported nuclear weapons program are likely to rise.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in yearend remarks, reiterated the risks he sees if Iran enriches enough uranium to build a nuclear bomb.

“I have to tell you my assessment has not changed. Iran is two-and-a-half months closer to crossing this line and there is no doubt that this will be a major challenge that will have to be addressed next year,” said Netanyahu.

Israel on standby

He said Israel is prepared to attack Iranian nuclear installations and do it without U.S. support if necessary. Iran says its nuclear program is for peaceful uses and if attacked, it will retaliate.

Iranian President Mahmood Ahmadinejad said he is unfazed by Israeli rhetoric.

“Although we are fully prepared for it, we don’t take them seriously. They say something, we say something back,” said Ahmadinejad.

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