Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said today that Iran in two months will obtain the necessary materials and build an atomic bomb, so Israel is demanding a nuclear deal different from the one assumed in 2015.
“We don’t know if the Iranian regime will be willing to sign an agreement and return to the negotiating table, but the international community must build a viable Plan B to stop Iran on its way to a nuclear weapon,” Gantz said during a meeting today with 60 Israeli diplomats in Tel Aviv.
Gantz revealed this information when Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is in Washington for his first official visit to the United States.
Naftali Bennett will discuss the Iranian nuclear threat on Thursday with US President Joe Biden and propose alternative solutions to the nuclear deal.
Iran and the five UN Security Council countries [United States, Russia, China, France, and the United Kingdom] and Germany (5+1), signed in 2015 an agreement for the Iranian regime to halt its nuclear program, an agreement that former US President Donald Trump abandoned in 2018, but that the Joe Biden Administration hopes to resume or renegotiate.
Israel has always opposed this deal, considering that the 5+1 powers have made too many concessions, lifting almost all sanctions without forcing Iran to halt its 100% uranium enrichment program.
The Israeli minister was in favor of diplomatic negotiations to reach an agreement “longer, stronger and broader” than the previous one, “since” an Iranian nuclear program could trigger an arms race in the region and around the world”.
However, the Israeli minister noted that, if necessary, Israel could take unilateral military action, a threat that is recurrently made by the Hebrew state.
“Israel has the means to act and will not hesitate to do so. I do not rule out the possibility that Israel will act in the future to prevent a nuclear Iran,” she said.
Gantz recalled that the “Iranian threat” is present in terrestrial means, as the Islamic Republic operates “through its representatives in Iraq, Yemen, Syria, Lebanon, and Gaza”.
It is an air threat because it uses ‘drones’ [unmanned aerial apparatus] and guided missiles in its attacks, and also maritime attacks to “interrupt international trade”, being also present in the Internet space.
The minister said Iran was behind the ‘drones’ attack on the ship “Mercer Street”, operated by an Israeli company, in the Persian Gulf, in July, in which two crew members were killed.
“Our assessment is that the ‘drone’ used in the attack was launched from Iranian territory and approved by the Iranian leadership,” said Gantz, noting that Iran has doubled its military investment in five years to €41.7 billion).
Source: with Agencies