Netanyahu's Priority, and Rumor of Explosion in Iran

Steven LeBlanc

We continue to wait and see what type of coalition Prime Minister Netanyahu will form.

Mr Netanyahu’s vote slipped from the previous election; the centrist Yesh Atid party led by Yair Lapid, gained a shocking 19 seats. Netanyahu, as head of the joint Likud-Yisrael Beytenu party, garnered 31 seats in the election. Lapid has already signaled his desire to join a coalition led by Netanyahu, rejecting outright calls from the leftist Labor party to form a blocking opposition.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu indicated that security would be the foremost consideration when forming the next government. “The Middle East doesn’t wait for election results and won’t stop while we form the government”, Netanyahu said at the start of Sunday’s weekly cabinet meeting. “I will seek to establish a government that is as broad as possible, primarily to address to the security threats”.

President Obama waited for almost a week before congratulating the Prime Minister on his victory. Former US Ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk told the Israeli media on that American President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu do indeed have chemistry, at the moment it is “bad chemistry.” Relations between the two leaders are bound to remain chilly.

And from the Magazine ISRAEL TODAY we read of a reported explosion at Iran’s Fordo nuclear site. This explosion has yet to be confirmed. Once again we are hearing of “rumors of war”—Matthew 24:6. We will continue to monitor this event closely. Below is the article dated Sunday, January 27, 2013 [ISRAEL TODAY]:

Reports are circulating that an important nuclear facility in Iran has been at least partially destroyed in a massive explosion. The news comes just days after an ex-Iranian diplomat who defected to the West warned that if Iran obtained a nuclear weapon, it would use that weapon against Israel.

The explosion reportedly took place at the Fordo nuclear facility near the city of Qom. Fordo is buried deep under a mountain, making it nearly immune to aerial assault, and therefore a perfect location for a significant portion of Iran’s uranium enrichment activities.

According to reports in the American news website WorldNetDaily, which cited a former Iranian defense official who fled to the West, the explosion caused a collapse of the elevators that descend nearly 300 feet into the mountain facility, trapping some 240 personnel inside.

Tehran is said to be blaming the explosion on sabotage. Both Israel and the US are known to have taken various measures against Iran’s defiant nuclear program over the past several years. Though Israel did not officially respond to speculation that it was behind the blast, Home Front Defense Minister Avi Dichter told Yediot Ahronot that “any explosion in Iran that doesn’t hurt people but hurts its assets is welcome.”

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