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Israeli Minister of Energy and National Infrastructure Yuval Steinitz at the weekly cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem, September 27, 2016.

Energy, Water and Infrastructure Minister Yuval Steinitz warned Sunday that Israel may become caught in the crossfire between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the United States, as tensions rise over sanctions imposed on Tehran.

“Things are heating up,” Steinitz told Ynet on Sunday. “I would not rule anything out. Iran could fire missiles at Israel,” he said.

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“The American sanctions are breaking the neck of the Iranian economy, and a new and stronger wave is still to come,” Steinitz added.

Later in the day, when the minister spoke with Israel’s Kan public broadcasting network, he said he did not have access to intelligence on Iranian plans. However, he said the economic pressure faced by Tehran could push the Islamic Republic into “going crazy and declaring war on the whole Middle East.”

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.