Defense Minister Benny Gantz recently returned from Washington DC announced on Friday that he had presented US defense officials with a deadline for attacking Iran and received no objections.
On Thursday, Gantz met with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Secretary of State Antony Blinken and informed them that he had instructed the IDF to prepare for an attack against Iranian nuclear facilities.
“Along with ties with the United States, Israel must be strong in its own right. I told the Americans that I had instructed the IDF to prepare for a military option, I will not elaborate on the dates here,” the source added.
Gantz said that Iran is building up its forces in the country’s west “in order to attack countries and forces in the Middle East in general and Israel in particular. We are preparing for any such attempt, and will do everything necessary to protect our citizens and our assets.”
He said Israel was “preparing for any such attempt, and will do everything necessary to protect our citizens and our assets.”
Gantz told reporters that the US and European negotiators “are losing patience” at Iran and that no progress has been made at reinstating the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
“Both the United States and the countries of Europe are well aware of what is happening and are losing patience. There has been no progress in the last round of negotiations in Vienna, and they understand that the Iranians are playing games,” Gantz emphasized. “I told them that Iran has a weak hand right now, and there is room to force them to fold. We can apply military, economic, and political pressure to ensure that Iran will stop its fantasies about the nuclear program.”
“There is no doubt that Iran is a problem for the world, and Israel is readying itself to act,” he added. “I found an attentive government in Washington, and told them that Iran is first and foremost a global and regional problem, and only then a challenge to Israel. I hear from world leaders how much Iran harms their security. During my meetings in Washington, I showed them how Israel sees ‘Plan B.’ We agreed on a deep-rooted cooperative effort, and I can tell you that I am deeply confident that it will grow deeper, thanks to our common interests,” he noted.
“There is room for international pressure — political, economic and also military — in order to convince Iran to stop its fantasies about a nuclear program,” he said.
US President Joe Biden asked his National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan two months ago to review plans to attack Iran if diplomatic efforts fail, as well as the possibilities for increasing sanctions, according to the Times.