Netanyahu on Fox TV Threatens Iran and Syria
July 22, 2012 • 7:51PM

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared on Fox News Sunday morning for an interview with Chris Wallace. Right off the bat, he zeroed in on the Syria situation and focused exclusively on the threat that Syrian chemical weapons could fall into the hands of Hezbollah, a possibility that Israel cannot allow. He warned that the greatest danger is regime collapse rather than regime change, in which Syria could plunge into chaos, exposing the large chemical weapons stockpiles to terrorist access. While he said that the threat of Hezbollah or other terrorist groups getting to "pick at" the weapons is a "common threat," Israel would neither seek nor preclude unilateral action. He said that there were alternatives to Israel seizing the chemical weapons. (U.S. intelligence sources have also reported that an alternative would be to bomb the known sites of the chemical weapons stockpiles.)

Asked about the Bulgarian bus bombing last week, which killed and injured Israeli tourists, Netanyahu was adamant that Israel knew, based on "rock-solid intelligence" that the attack was carried out by Hezbollah—although he could not provide definitive identification of the suicide bomber. He claimed that an almost identical attack had been foiled a week earlier in Cyprus, also targeting a bus of Israeli tourists, and that the terrorist had been caught and admitted he was acting on behalf of Hezbollah, which Bibi described as the long-range arm of Iran. He refused to provide details on TV, but claimed that the information would be provided to "friendly agencies."

Netanyahu then went into a propaganda rant against Iran and Hezbollah combined, claiming that, over the past two years, they had attempted to conduct terrorist attacks on five continents in 24 countries, including a brazen plot against the Saudi Ambassador to the United States that would have killed several U.S. Senators (sic). He said he was appearing on Fox TV to first expose these plots, run by Iran through Hezbollah and other surrogates, and that the next step would be to exact a price.

Asked about the Iranian nuclear program and the ongoing P5+1 talks, he said that if an agreement were reached that would be fine; but, the talks so far have not slowed down the Iranian program "by one inch," and that Iran has enough low-enriched uranium for five nuclear bombs, and enough 20 percent enriched uranium already for their first bomb. Iran, he said, was thumbing their nose at the world powers, referring to the P5+1.

He concluded by saying that, despite the "welcome exception" of Libya, the revolutions in the Arab world were bringing about Islamic elected governments, and that the decades of regional stability can not be guaranteed going into the future. He said it will be a much rougher ride, but Israel is prepared to tough it out—an implicit reference to Israel's recent acceleration of land grabs in the West Bank and Jerusalem.