Israel has threatened to use its “right to self-defense” to halt Iran’s nuclear program, according to Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s reported remarks to the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
During his meeting with the Director General of the IAEA, Rafael Grossi, Thursday evening in Israel, the Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, indicated that he reserved the right to “self-defense” and “to action” against Iran if it were to develop a nuclear program.
The head of the IAEA who met Bennett on Thursday evening left the same evening for Vienna. The Israeli Prime Minister “has made it clear that if Israel prefers diplomacy in order to deprive Iran of the possibility of developing nuclear weapons,” his office said in a statement.
“He reserves the right to self-defense and action against Iran to block its nuclear program,” he threatened. The Israeli official also called for more firmness on the part of the international community against Iran, and asked Rafael Grossi “to use all means”.
Israel accuses Iran of wanting to acquire nuclear weapons, which it denies. In the Middle East region, the only country holding the atomic bomb is Israel which wants to keep this monopoly of this threat of mass destruction.
Iran has been bound since 2015 by an agreement brokered by major world powers including France, Britain and the United States, except that Washington unilaterally withdrew from the agreement in 2018 under the presidency of Donald Trump.
The agreement plans to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons against the lifting of economic sanctions. But Israel is against this agreement which it perceives as a possibility for Iran to get closer to the Lebanese Hezbollah and other terrorist groups.