September 17, 2012
Indyk's remarks came during a discussion with foreign policy experts on the latest protests
in the Middle East and Israel's public statements
pressuring the United States over Iran.
Former US Ambassador to Israel
Martin Indyk predicts that the United States will go to war with Iran
as early as 2013. "I'm afraid that 2013 is going to be a year in which
we're going to have a military confrontation with Iran," he said in an
interview on CBS' "Face the Nation."
During the interview, Indyk pointed out that the time has not come, yet, for the US to take military action.
"Iran doesn't have a nuclear weapon. While there's still time, there's not a lot of time," he said.
As for the public dispute between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
and President Barack Obama over Iran, Indyk said he does not think
that "the difference between Netanyahu and Obama on this is that great,
in terms of the President's commitment not to allow Iran to acquire
On Israel's insistence that Washington publicly declare a "red line'"
that Iran will not be permitted to cross, Indyk said "that is an
unreasonable requirement.The idea of putting out a public red line – in
effect issuing an ultimatum – is something that no president would do,"