The Israeli military has been tasked with formulating options to counter Iran’s alleged threat to Iran, including the possibility of military action against Iran,
“Iran has made progress in recent years in terms of research and development, both on enriched material and offensive capabilities, and has a regime that really wants nuclear weapons,” Defense Minister Benny Gantz told Israel Hayom.
“It is clear that Israel needs to have a military option on the table. It requires resources and investment, and I am working to make that happen,” Gantz said.
Gantz did not offer any specifics about what his “work” entails, or how close the plan is to completion.
Israel Hayom says the Israel Defence Force’s Strategy and Third Circle Directorate, also known as the ‘Iran directorate’, has been asked to develop three options by which Israel could undermine Iran’s alleged nuclear efforts. The ‘military option’ is said to require billions of shekels in additional defense spending.
As evidence of Iran’s alleged aggressive intentions, Israel points to Iran’s recent nuclear activity, including upping uranium enrichment from 4 or 5 percent to 20 percent, and the country’s plans to produce uranium metal for reactor fuel, with both actions in breach of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal.
Enriched uranium of 20 percent is well below the 80 to 90 percent required for the material to be considered weapons-grade, and Iran has said repeatedly that it has no plans to build a nuclear bomb.