Israeli Defence Minister Calls to Expand ‘Force Build-Up’ to Respond to Iran’s Nuclear Activity

israel has regularly been raising concerns about Iran’s nuclear activity, alleging that Tehran seeks to build nuclear weapons. High-ranking Iranian officials have dismissed the accusations, saying the Islamic Republic uses atomic energy for peaceful purposes only.

Speaking at a graduation ceremony for Israel’s National Defence College on Wednesday, Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz called on the government to carry out more intense preparations for a scenario where Iran obtains nuclear weapons.

He urged the government to allow special services to “maintain military superiority”, presumably referring to recent reports alleging that the israel Defence Forces had requested to increase military spending, mostly for the purpose of preparing for an attack against Iran’s nuclear programme.

He also suggested that Lebanon, who is dealing with a severe economic crisis, poses a threat to Israel, because the country is “in the midst of a collapse, like every country that Iran takes over and establishes itself within”.

“We have a joint enemy with the citizens of Lebanon: Iran and Hezbollah”, he said, adding that unlike the Lebanese, Israel has the capability to counter those threats. Gantz added that Tel Aviv was closely watching the situation in the country.

Tel Aviv has consistently accused Tehran of seeking to acquire nuclear weapons, despite Iran repeatedly pointing to the peaceful character of its nuclear programme.

Since America’s unilateral withdrawal from the 2015 Iran…

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