Israel is preparing to possibly strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities following a series of secret meetings between leaders from the intelligence and defense ministries and the prime minister, a leaked report shows.
“Israel will not allow Iran to become nuclear,” said Brigadier General (Reserves) Amir Avivi, chairman and founder of the Israeli Defense Security Forum. “As we are witnessing the continued unhindered progress of the Iranian military nuclear program with weapons-grade enrichment, Israel is readying its credible military option.”
Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, had five meetings with his intelligence and defense chiefs and the leader of Mossad that discuss the possible impending attack, according to news outlet Channel 12. While the report did not name a source, the Times of Israel hypothesized that officials may have leaked the information to make the country’s intent and resolve apparent.
Tensions between Iran and Israel have ignited in recent weeks after a recent drone strike on Iranian military facilities. Iran claims that “early investigations suggest that the Israeli regime were responsible for this attempted act of aggression.”
Israel has frequently raised concerns about the extent of Iran’s nuclear program. The country has warned France and the U.S. that it will act solo if the global community doesn’t offer aid. The report could be part of the plan to pressure western allies to take action rather than leave Israel alone.
“The only thing that has ever stopped rogue nations from developing nuclear weapons is a credible military threat or a credible military action,” said Netanyahu at a national security conference.
“A necessary condition and often a sufficient condition is credible military action,” Netanyahu continued. “The longer you wait, the harder that becomes. We’ve waited very long.”
Biden administration has tried to revive the Iran nuclear deal after Trump’s withdrawal
After President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the agreement, the Biden administration has tried to revive the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), known as the Iran nuclear deal. Talks between the U.S. and Iran stalled after Iranian officials continued to change demands.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said, “Iran had moved away from extraneous demands, demands unrelated to the JCPOA itself.” However, by then, talks between Iran and the U.S. had moved “backward.” The U.S. was forced to admit they would not “meet our bottom-line requirements.”
Former Israeli defense official, Avivi, made it clear that if Iran does attain nuclear capabilities, it “will not be a threat to Israel alone” but ultimately would “destabilize the entire Middle East and challenge the U.S.-dominated world order.”
“I believe that preventing a nuclear Iran is a global priority which should be achieved under American leadership, based on a credible military plan and crippling sanctions,” said Avivi.
“If the free countries of the world fail to take action against Iran, Israel will not have a choice but to act alone to safeguard its very existence,” continued Avivi. “The regional and global repercussions of a confrontation between Iran and Israel will reach farther than the war in Ukraine and may likely challenge global stability at an unprecedented magnitude.”
Iran’s nuclear chief, Mohammed Eslami, said Wednesday that inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency were in Tehran to sort out “ambiguities,” however, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian said the officials would be visiting in the coming days.