DM Lieberman Warns Iran Against ‘Hurting’ Israel, Vows ‘Appropriate’ Response

Middle East

In the wake of the revelation by israel of thousands of secret documents on the Iran nuclear program, suggesting that Tehran has been developing nuclear weapons contrary to the provisions of the 2015 deal it signed, tensions in the region have been heightened.

Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman warned Iran on Wednesday of an “appropriate” response to any actions by Tehran that are aimed at “hurting” israel.

“The State of Israel cannot afford to ignore the threats of Iran, whose senior officials routinely threaten the State of Israel, promise to wipe it out and continue to support terror, and therefore we will do everything we need to do.”

The statement comes after Iranian Defense Minister Amir Khatami warned Israel against “provocative actions” and said Tehran’s response will “be surprising” and Israel will “regret it.” 

The developments come amid heightened tensions over Benjamin Netanyahu’s Monday presentation, during which he accused Tehran of continuing to develop nuclear weapons “know-how” for the future in violation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Signed by Iran and the P5+1 (China, Germany, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States) the agreement stipulated that Tehran would allow inspections at its facility to ensure that the peaceful nature of its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.

Netanyahu said Israel had obtained…

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