Israel has reportedly identified “numerous targets” inside the country whose destruction could potentially undermine Iran’s ability to develop nukes – allegations that Israel has actively voiced and that Iran has repeatedly refuted, saying its nuclear program is designed to serve only peaceful purposes.
The Israeli military is revising plans to prepare for a potential strike on nuclear sites in Iran, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz told Fox News Thursday.
“If the world stops them before, it’s very much good. But if not, we must stand independently and we must defend ourselves by ourselves,” Gantz said
Gantz shared a classified map of targets, which reportedly shows Lebanese Hezbollah’s rockets allegedly placed along the border with Israel: “This is a target map. Each one of them has been checked legally, operationally, intelligence-wise and we are ready to fight,” the defense minister said.
Tensions seem to be rising further in the region, as the United States and Iran remain at an impasse concerning the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), or Iran nuclear deal. Former American president Donald Trump abandoned the agreement in 2018, slapping Iran with harsh sanctions under the policy of “maximum pressure.”
The Biden administration previously signaled its willingness to return to the deal, however, no real steps have been taken in that direction. Furthermore, it has continued attempts to force Iran into renegotiating the agreement. Iran has dismissed any changes to the original deal and insists that Washington should lift sanctions first.
Commenting on the possible revival of the JCPOA, which Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has strongly opposed, Gantz said that one should distinguish between US and Israeli policies.
“The American policy should be American policy, and Israeli policy should stay Israeli policy,” he said.