In a wide-ranging Kol Israel radio interview Sunday, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu stressed that his government was dealing continuously and “responsibly” with the Iranian peril - nuclear armament, a missile ring around Israel, cyber war and “other things,” which he would not mention. Iran has not yet crossed the red line toward a nuclear bomb capacity, he said, and averting this gave peril remained his overriding goal as prime minister if he is reelected on Jan. 22. He accused the former Shin Bet director Yuval Diskin of timing his criticism on this score less than three weeks before the general election with bad intent.
Asked about a third Palestinian “intifada” in the absence of peace talks and rising unrest on the West Bank, Netanyahu said he had held several discussions on this at Central Command HQ and preparations were in place although he hoped they would not be necessary.
The prime minister accused Mahmoud Abbas of consistently dodging peace talks, but repeated he was still open to negotiations without prior conditions: But the talks must lead to reciprocal recognition of the two states, mark an end to their conflict, leave Israel in security control and demilitarize the Palestinian territories - else Iran would move in and build outposts like in the Gaza Strip.