Israel Slams Diplomacy, Threatens to Attack Iran

Steinitz: Israel Will Never Allow Diplomacy to Constrain Attacks

The Israeli Minister of Strategic Affairs is a position initially created in 2006 to give hawkish Avigdor Lieberman a position of nominal foreign policy. The portfolio’s role is simply to threaten Iran on a regular basis. Current Minister Yuval Steinitz takes that job very seriously.

On Thursday, Steinitz warned Israel could unilaterally attack Iran at any time, with no warning at all, and would consider it “self defense” because they consider the ongoing nuclear negotiations a failure.

Steinitz condemned the ongoing negotiations, saying that Iran had “failed to make concessions” on their civilian nuclear program, even though they demonstrably made a number of concessions, and the IAEA has repeatedly noted that they’ve abided by them.

Steinitz went on to say Iran had no flexibility and that Israel was opposed to the settlement currently being negotiated, saying they wouldn’t allow such an agreement to be reached. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is headed to the US next month to urge Congress to sabotage the talks.

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