Skip to main content

Israel says it is ready to confront Iran

Israel says it is ready to confront Iran
posted onNovember 23, 2021

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Tuesday signalled readiness to step up Israel's confrontation with Iran and stressed that the country would not be bound by any new Iranian nuclear deal with world powers.

In a speech, Bennett described Iran as being at "the most advanced stage of its nuclear programme".

Bennett also reasserted Israel's autonomy to take action against Tehran.

"We face complicated times. It is possible that there will be disputes with the best of our friends," he told a televised conference hosted by Reichman University.

Indirect negotiations will begin on Nov. 29 about reviving the 2015 deal.

Former US President Donald Trump withdrew from the deal in 2018, deeming it insufficient to shut down projects with bomb-making potential.

Iran denies seeking nuclear arms, but has breached the deal with expanded uranium enrichment.

"In any event, even if there is a return to a deal, Israel is of course not a party to the deal and Israel is not obligated by the deal," the Israeli Prime Minister warned.

"The Iranians have encircled the State of Israel with missiles while they sit safely in Tehran," he said. "To chase the terrorist du jour sent by the (Iranian covert) Qods Force does not pay off anymore. We must go for the dispatcher."

"Iran is much more vulnerable than is commonly thought," Bennett said.