Renewal of Obama's bad Iran deal could lead to defensive attacks by Israel



Israel’s former national security adviser, Maj. Gen. (res.) Yaakov Amidror, framed the issue in clear terms in Jan. 18 comments at the Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security. “In a situation where the United States returns to the old nuclear agreement with Iran, Israel will have no choice but to act military against Iran to prevent it from manufacturing a nuclear weapon,” he said.

Amidror no longer holds an official government role, but remains a close associate of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his remarks often reflect Netanyahu’s views and even his guidance. His latest remarks, so it seems, were hardly a slip of the tongue. They were probably deliberate, measured and intended to raise the ante and convey a veiled threat to Washington: If you reject our recommendations and return to the original Iran nuclear deal, all options are on the table, including the military one.

Similarly, last week Channel 12 military affairs analyst Roni Daniel quoted an unnamed senior security source who put it bluntly that if the United States rushes back into the original nuclear agreement without making significant changes, Israel will find itself in a very difficult spot.

“Someone is confused,” another senior Israeli security source told Al-Monitor on condition of anonymity. “We are back in the days when Israel convinced itself that it — and not the United States — was a world power, and this is not particularly wise.”

There is a faction that would like to talk to the US about the Iran deal and what it would take to satisfy Israel. I have my doubts about the mental acuity of Biden and his team, although Kerry's role is far different now.  Kerry was one of the chief proponents of the bad deal.


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