Israeli nuclear policy centers on posing threats against Iran and its nuclear aspirations. The new prime minister walks on the same way his predecessors took in previous decades.
Israeli prime minister emphasized again on Israeli nuclear policy that nuclear deal is not the solution to Iran’s nuclear aspirations. Bennett said his nation won’t accept constraints by a potential accord, days before the start of negotiations late this month.
Talks between Iran and the world powers on restoring the JCPOA will resume on November 29. US former turbulent president scrapped the original 2015 deal two years after taking the office. Donald Trump claimed that JCPOA provision fall short of containing threats by Iranian nuclear program.
Tehran has withdrawn the terms of accord in a step-by-step process in response. The country has increased the level of enrichment in Uranium facilities, first to 20% and then to 60%. The five-month Israeli prime minister believes that Iran stands at its “most advanced stage of nuclear program.”
Bennett’s administration has already stated that it would welcome a new nuclear agreement with heavier constraints. He reaffirmed that his country right to prepare for a defense against its arch-enemy. Emphasizing on the perplexing condition, Bennett explains that Tel Aviv may even have disagreements with its allies on the issue.
“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,” Naftali Bennett further added. Israeli prime minister’s remarks at video conference in Reichman University reinforces the possibility of an Israeli unilateral military action.
Following the downfall of Benjamin Netanyahu from power after 11 years, hopes were raised about new PM’s more moderate policies. Bennett’s early remarks and approaches also further reinforced the predictions and expectations.
Israeli Nuclear Policy; Threats Precedes Diplomacy
Bennett expressed disappointment with Israel’s long-time conflicts with Tehran’s paramilitary partners. He claims that the Iran and its regional allies have surrounded Israel with rockets while resting securely inside. “To chase the terrorist du jour sent by the [Iranian covert] Quds Force does not pay off any more. We must go for the dispatcher,” he added.
Bennett suggested that cyberwarfare, political backing, and diplomatic mission against Iran will be Tel Aviv’s agenda. He, nevertheless, refrained from referring to a military action unlike his predecessor.
Tel Aviv also intensified positions against Tehran and its regional UCAV program. It revealed two facilities it claimed as the host to launch maritime strikes with the combat drones. The Israeli administration pledged to work with regional allies to contain the mission.
Some Arab nations of the Persian Gulf region, Saudi Arabia in specific, share Israel’s worries about Iran’s UAV program. Harshly under Yemeni drone batteries, Riyadh considers Tehran as a source of aerial assaults on its commerce and oil installations. Tehran, by the way, refuted such charges recurrently.
Addressing the drone issue, nonetheless, appears part of Tel Aviv’s mission on completing its political pressure on Iran. A week before the start of nuclear negotiations, Tel Aviv is accelerating attempts to put Iran on the wrong side.
Reichman speech revealed the new prime minister and the new Israeli nuclear policy. Naftali Bennett is the same person and acts the same way as former Israeli leaders in local and international spheres.
The new policy announcement comes at a moment when the prospects of negotiations and a potential agreement are more visible. Israeli nuclear policy is still an escalation against Iran. Israel may never wage an actual attack against Iran, but its escalation attempts may affect the western powers.