Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said, Sunday, that Israel may have to act before the United States on the Iranian nuclear threat. Interviewed on the Columbia Broadcasting System's "Face the Nation," monitored by Agence France Presse, he said the Tehran government has been building "faster centrifuges that would enable them to jump the line, so to speak, at a much faster rate -- that is, within a few weeks." He added that Iran's nuclear policies were unlikely to change under its next president, moderate cleric and former nuclear negotiator Hassan Rowhani, who will assume power on .
The prime minister declined to comment on reports that Israel had carried out air strikes on July 5 near the Syrian port city of Latakia to destroy Russian-supplied anti-ship missiles, saying, "Oh God, Every time something happens in the Middle East Israel is most often accused. And I'm not in the habit of saying what we did or we didn't do." He added, "My policy is to prevent the transfer of dangerous weapons to Hezbollah and other terror groups."