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Confrontation Looms in 2013 Between Israel, Iran

Scott Bobb
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.

Israeli analyst at Tel Aviv's Institute for National Security Studies [INSS], Shlomo Brom, said Iran's leaders want to avoid a military confrontation. If there is one, though, he said he believes Israel has the military capability to withstand any attack.

"Because of that, I am not so concerned about the military ramifications of an Israeli operation. I am more concerned about the political ramifications," said Brom.

Iranian retaliation

He said potential Iranian retaliation on non-Israeli targets, such as oil shipping routes could drag Western powers into the conflict - and create resentment against Israel among their citizens.

Fellow INSS analyst Ephraim Kam said a nuclear-armed Iran would have major regional repercussions.
 
“It will make the Middle East less stable. It might induce other countries in the Middle East to join the nuclear race, countries like Egypt, Saudi Arabia or Turkey, or Syria, in the long run, perhaps even Iraq," said Kam.
 
But Brom said he thinks the security concerns of some Israeli leaders are overblown [exaggerated].
 
"We'll face security problems, but they will be not as severe as the predictions were. But of course the situation will not be as good as some people in the Western world thought," he said.
 
Brom said that weakened governance in neighboring states brought on by the Arab uprisings could become as great a security concern for Israel as the confrontation with Iran.

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by: Divest from war camapgin from: worldwide campaign online
December 20, 2012 8:13 PM
Are you worried about an Israeli attack on Iran starting Middle East War III?

Then please sign the pledge to BOYCOTT ISRAEL IF IT ATTACKS IRAN:

http://www.divestfromwar.org/

And spread the word to others.

By (nonviolently) increasing the cost to Israel of starting a war, we can help to prevent it, instead of merely protesting it after the fact.

by: JohnWV from: USA
December 20, 2012 11:14 AM
NO MORE WARS! Israel has ICBM nukes and openly threatens Iran, actually campaigns for war against Iran. Israel, not Iran, is the warmonger. Resolution lies with lifting all sanctions and compensating Iran for damages from the $$$ billions we will no longer be giving the Jewish state. An Iran with nukes would disrupt the Jewish state's brutish pursuit of invulnerability, territorial conquest and apartheid empire. With balanced Iran-Israel hegemony, Mideast peace may actually be possible. NO MORE WARS!
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by: Anonymous
December 20, 2012 6:09 PM
Sir, you cannot be farther from the truth than you are already. I pray that you accept Jesus Christ the "one and only" messiah. You know what the Christian bible says about Israel !!! Please consider this for yourself...

by: 4Yahshua from: Fountain Valley, CA USA
December 20, 2012 1:17 AM
12~20~5994

How about in 2012?? Many Russians are worred about 12~21~12. (Actually Xmas on the old Julian Calendar and a phase of the moon on Yahweh's Calendar!)
I believe that this has NOTHING to do with the Mayans and maybe EVERYTHING to do with their leader's plans!
The Serbian ambassador to the UN committed suicide on 12~5
in Brussells because he believed that he would not be safe on this date. (No underground bunker?)

The BIBLE= Best Instructions Before Leaving Earth!
Ezekiel 38,39, Psalm 91 SAME EVENT AT SAME TIME
Russia, Iran. and allies attack Israel AND the US!
!
WHO SURVIVES?? Those who believe in and are sealed in the Father and Son (Yahweh and Yahshua), Revelation 14:1

PRAY NOW TO HAVE YOUR BOMB SHELTER GUARANTEED!
Yahshua the Messia returns SOON and no Vatican New World Order Christian CROSS can stop HIM! HalleluYah!
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by: Jake from: Rancho Santa Margarita Ca
December 21, 2012 4:40 AM
Amen. God Bless you. Faith In Christ is the Only way. May we meet together with Him. Keep Faith.
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by: Anonymous
December 20, 2012 6:11 PM
AMEN !!! A life in Christ has no need for an earthly bomb shelter. Good word!

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