Recent unrest in Iran has sparked speculation that Israel could be ready to take military action against the regime's nuclear program.
Yet Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon recently told CBN News that Israel doesn't want to carry out a military strike against Iran and still believes that strong international sanctions could stop the country from obtaining a nuclear bomb.
"If there was a unity of purpose for international community with effective sanctions the regime in Iran will not be able to sustain it nor tolerate it and this is the only way, I believe, to change their conduct to put the dilemma on them," he said.
Israel also supports Washington's intent to dialogue with Tehran, but if no progress is made with sanctions or talks in the next six months, Israel will have a better idea of how to proceed.
"The clock is ticking and unfortunately it's ticking fast and so far it's in Iran's favor," Ayalon continued. "We need to stop this clock. I cannot tell you in terms of weeks or months when is the point of no return but I would think that by the end of the year should be a clear view of how we move ahead."
Iran is just one of the many threats that the country is facing.
Ayalon says that Israel has not only survived but thrived in the face of trials, tribulations and many terror attacks in the past. He calls it Israel's most important achievement.
"The fact that we also reach to friends and we have the evangelicals in the United States and elsewhere as well, I think, attests to the fact that Israel is not only a country which is based on physical and human achievements, but it's also a country with a greater purpose with a really faith," he said. "And as some say is nothing short of a miracle, a Godly miracle."
*Originall published August 31, 2009