Israel calls for use of force if Iran builds nuclear bomb

The Israeli Prime Minister expressed his readiness to do everything, calling on the international community to use force if Iran develops a nuclear weapon.

“The only way to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon is to show it a significant military threat,” Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid told a session of the United Nations General Assembly on September 22.

“Only then will it be possible to negotiate a longer and stronger deal with them. It should be clear to Iran that if it continues to develop its nuclear program, the world will not respond with words but with weapons.” military force”.





Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid speaks during the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, US, September 22.  Photo: AFP

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid speaks during the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, US, September 22. Image: AFP

Mr. Lapid stated that Israel is ready to go to war if it feels threatened. “We will do whatever is necessary,” he said. “Iran is not allowed to have nuclear weapons.”

The United States and Israel have long expressed concern about Iran’s nuclear capabilities. Tehran insists that its nuclear program is only for peaceful purposes, and has never had the ambition to possess atomic weapons. Israel in recent months has repeatedly persuaded the US and European powers such as Britain, France and Germany not to renew the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

Iran in 2015 reached a nuclear agreement with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with six major powers. Under the deal, Tehran will limit its nuclear activities in return for a partial lifting of sanctions. Former President Donald Trump in 2018 unilaterally withdrew the US from the JCPOA and re-imposed severe sanctions on Iran. Tehran also reneged on its commitments in the deal in response.

The US and Iran began indirect negotiations, with the EU as an intermediary, to restore the JCPOA from April 2021 in Vienna, Austria. Negotiations then stalled over disagreements over demands from Iran, as Washington must ensure no US president cancels the deal, as Mr. Trump has done. The current US administration cannot promise this.

Over the past 10 days, many Israeli officials have suggested not to extend the deal until at least mid-November, a deadline Mr. Lapid has tried to use to push the West to impose a tougher approach in negotiations with the United States. Iran.

Israel considers Iran a “spontaneous enemy”, accusing Tehran of sponsoring the Hamas armed movement. Israel occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in 1967 and from 2007 began to impose a blockade on the Gaza Strip, the territory controlled by Hamas. Since 2008, Hamas and Israel have waged four armed conflicts.

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