Israel preparing military option against Iran – media — Analysis
Israel’s military is preparing a possible strike against Iran, the country’s media has reported citing defense and diplomatic sources. Tel Aviv has already notified the US of its plans, facing “no veto” on such preparations.
Israel’s Defense Minister Benny Gantz told US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin about preparations for a potential military strike against the country’s arch-nemesis Iran during his visits to the US, multiple Israeli outlets reported Saturday. He met Lloyd and Antony Blinken on Thursday with top US officials.
“Defense minister told Americans that he had instructed the military to prepare for military option,”A senior source in security said that as quoted by Israel’s Army Radio.
According to the same source, Tehran had been a “regular” city for ten years. “close to producing enough fissile material for a single nuclear bomb,”They wouldn’t push the matter through. “threshold”It understands how serious such a move is. Iran has been accused of trying to acquire nuclear weapons, but Iran has always denied these allegations and maintained that it was only civilian use.
An additional diplomatic source stated to Israeli media that American officials did not object to the announcement.
“There was no veto,”According to the Jerusalem Post, the source is as follows
Gantz, during his US trip expressed hope to strengthen “dialogue and cooperation”Washington in Iran and to improve the relations “joint military readiness to face Iran and to stop its regional aggression and nuclear aspirations.” While Austin appeared to be less warlike, he said Washington was concerned about Iran’s failure to show constructive diplomatic engagement warning the US Joe Biden was “prepared to turn to other options”Iran.
Jen Psaki White House press secretary doubled down shortly after the Lloyd-Gantz conference ended. “options.”
“Given the ongoing advances in Iran’s nuclear program, the president has asked his team to be prepared in the event that diplomacy fails, and we must turn to other options, and that requires preparations,”Psaki stated. She stated that “options”This could include “additional measures to further restrict Iran’s revenue-producing sectors,”Yet, it was not mentioned explicitly about military options.
This hostile rhetoric is occurring amid recently resumed Vienna negotiations, which were intended to revive the 2015 Iranian nuclear agreement, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. However, the negotiations have not progressed further with Tehran insisting that Washington end its sanctions. “oppressive”Complete sanctions
Trump unilaterally walked out of the JCPA Agreement in 2018 accusing Tehran for violating it. “spirit”This is the agreement. Washington reinstated the old and introduced new sanctions to Tehran. Tehran slowly suspended JCPOA obligations. Washington also increased uranium enrichment, and expanded its nuclear program.