Israel has repeatedly warned it won’t tolerate an Iranian military presence on its northern border. Foreign media reports have attributed dozens of airstrikes on Iranian-linked targets in Syria to Israel.
“Since the signing of the JCPOA in 2015, Iran has only increased its military spending,” he said, using an acronym for the deal’s official name. “In 2014, 17 percent of Iran’s government spending went to its military expenditure. This past year, in 2017, this number ballooned to 22%. That’s $23 billion spent on missiles, arms and other weapons of war.”