Analysis: Israel’s military option won’t vanish in a post-Iran deal era
So long as Iran continues to call for Israel’s destruction, the defense establishment will not stop developing means to attack its nuclear program
Satellite image shows a nuclear facility in Iran. (photo credit:REUTERS)
Israel’s defense establishment is quietly monitoring every development in the nuclear talks between world powers and Iran, and any forthcoming deal will be subject to the most intense scrutiny.
The final form of a nuclear deal will influence Israeli military plans for the possibility of, one day, receiving an order from the cabinet to launch an assault on the Iranian nuclear program. This is a capability that Israel has no intention of forfeiting, even in a post-deal era.
According to Israeli intelligence assessments, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei has not given up on his goal of possessing nuclear weapons. Yet, constraints posed by a complex reality have forced Khamanei to delay this goal, at least for the time being.
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