Tel Aviv voiced concerns regarding the likely return by the United States and Iran to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), claiming that a return to an agreement which guarantees that Tehran will not make nukes would instead create the possibility of Tehran obtaining nuclear weapons.
The head of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), Aviv Kohavi, speaking at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) think tank’s annual conference, announced that Israel is developing new military operations for the “next years”, citing fears that Iran is developing a nuclear bomb.
According to assertions claimed by the IDF chief, Tehran may be “months, maybe even weeks” from a nuclear bomb.
Kohavi stated that Tel Aviv will make a final decision on whether to implement new military plans.
Earlier in January, Israeli media reported, citing Defense Minister Benny Gantz, that the IDF would create a “military option” against Iran in case of a nuclear escalation.
Kohavi also suggested that a return by Iran to the JCPOA agreement – a treaty that specifically prevents Tehran from acquiring or developing a nuclear weapon – would instead see Iran get a nuclear weapon, even if the accord is “improved”.
The 2015 JCPOA treaty, also known as nuclear deal with Iran, envisages Iran scaling down its nuclear program in exchange for sanction relief. The former US president, Donald Trump, in 2018 unilaterally exited the…