Gantz: Israeli Attack on Iran Must Always Be an Option

Israeli officials continue to threaten Iran as nuclear deal talks are ongoing

On Thursday, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said an attack on Iran must always remain an option for Israel, even if the country acts alone.

“I do think we always have to prepare the option for the moment when we may find ourselves alone,” Gantz told the Israeli newspaper Yediot Ahronoth. “I say again, an attack [against Iran] is an option. It doesn’t have to be the first one.”

Gantz’s comments come as the US and Iran are holding indirect negotiations in Vienna to revive the nuclear deal, which Israel opposes. Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett told Secretary of State Antony Blinken in a phone call Thursday that the US should put an “immediate halt” to the negotiations.

Leading up to the talks, Israeli officials stepped up their threats against Iran. While Israel frequently carries out covert attacks on Iran, the recent rhetoric suggests Israel is planning a more overt military strike.

The head of the Israeli Defense Forces has said the military is “accelerating” plans to attack Iran. Last month, the Israeli government reportedly approved a $1.5 billion boost to the military budget that will go towards preparing to attack Iran.

Israeli officials frame their plans for attacking Iran as the only way to stop the Islamic Republic from acquiring a nuclear bomb. But if that was their real concern, Israel would favor a revival of the Iran nuclear deal instead of constantly working against it.

Author: Dave DeCamp

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