Ronen Bergman, a senior political and military analyst for Yedioth Ahronoth, Israel’s largest-circulation daily, is predicting Israel will attack Iran sometime in 2012. The reason this forecast carries weight is because Mr. Bergman has extensive contacts within the Government and Military establishment of Israel. Below is an excerpt from Sunday’s Interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria:
Fareed Zakaria: Let’s start with the bottom line. You believe that it is likely that there will be an Israeli strike on Iran?
Ronen Bergman: Yes. After speaking with many of the Israeli leaders and chiefs of the intelligence and the military, I have come to the conclusion that there is a strong likelihood that Israel will strike Iran during 2012, because Iran is getting too close to what was coined by Minister of Defense Ehud Barak as the “zone of immunity.”
This is this specific point on the timeline, after which Iran nuclear sites are going to become immune to an Israeli strike. According to Israeli latest intelligence assessment, Iran is something like nine months away from entering this so-called zone of immunity.
Therefore, there are many in Israel who believe that Israel should take the initiative and strike before, because sanctions do not yield the results that Israel hoped they would result in. And the covert action that did cause some delays to the Iranian nuclear project have exceeded or exhausted their ability, and Iran is accelerating toward its ability to produce the first nuclear weapon device.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has been saying for weeks that Iran “could have a nuclear weapon within a year.” But then he told reporters that there is a “strong likelihood” that Israel will act militarily against Iranian nuclear sites between April and June.
Jesus said of the events leading up to His return, “For these are the days of vengeance, that all things which are written [in the Prophets] may be fulfilled” (Luke 21:22). Iran seems not to be backing down. Israel is moving closer to using military force that is so feared by the current leadership in Washington.
Great trouble is ahead of us in the coming years. Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man” (Luke 21:34-36).