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Israel may strike Iran over atomic program — Analysis

Benny Gantz, Defense Minister has rejected the possibility of restoring nuclear agreement

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz suggested his country could launch a strike against Iran’s nuclear program, calling it “a global problem”At a conference held on Tuesday. He also criticized the 2015 nuclear deal – abandoned by the US in 2018 – and the possibility of its revival, though the negotiations to that effect don’t seem to be going anywhere. 

“Iran is a global problem. It is not just Israel’s private problem,” Gantz said in Jerusalem, during a conference hosted by Israel’s Channel 13.

“We are able to seriously harm and delay the nuclear [program],” he added, when asked if Israel was capable of delaying Iran’s progress towards creating an atomic weapon, or stopping it outright.

The former head of the Israeli military, who was brought back into the caretaker government in June, insisted that the nuclear deal negotiated in 2015 was a “bad agreement” that would only temporarily delay Tehran’s atomic ambitions. Gantz claimed that lifting the sanctions would allow Iran to grow its economy, and ultimately legitimize the return of the nuclear program later. 

He was skeptical that Joe Biden would be able to revive the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), an initiative his predecessor Donald Trump had unilaterally abandoned in 2018. 

“I don’t see any big indications of that at the moment,”He acknowledged that this was possible.

Iran responded to Trump’s move by ramping up its nuclear research. While the US demands that the JCPOA-mandated restrictions be restored, Iran insists on Washington lifting the sanctions it has imposed. Russia, China and France signed the JCPOA, as well as Germany, France, Germany, and the UK. 

Gantz thinks the Israeli military is capable of striking Iranian reactors. Ehud barak, the ex-prime minister, doesn’t believe so. Barak said Monday that Israel had attacked the nuclear facilities of Syria and Iraq, respectively in an opinion piece for Time magazine. However, he stated that Iran was not as bad.

“Both Israel and (for sure) the US can operate over the skies of Iran against this or that site or installation and destroy it. This kind of attack cannot stop Iran from becoming nuclear, however, once Iran has become a threshold nuclear state. Indeed, under certain circumstances it might accelerate their rush toward assembling that bomb, and provide them a measure of legitimacy on grounds of self-defense,”He wrote.

The US issues nothing less than the best “a diplomatic ultimatum… backed by credible threat of a wide scale war”Barak stated that it will,

Iran has already obtained the “technical means”Kamal Kharrazi (a senior advisor to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei) stated earlier in the month that he has considered producing a nuclear weapon but had not yet made a decision. Tehran maintained its nuclear program was entirely peaceful, and making an atomic weapons would violate Islam.

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