Israel plans to share recently obtained intelligence on covert Iranian nuclear activity, as well as on its efforts to arm its Lebanese proxy Hezbollah, with several countries worldwide in an effort to drive them to act against the Islamic republic.
Israel Hayom learned Saturday that Israel will first and foremost share the information with the other signatories to the 2015 accord, namely Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China, as well as with the International Atomic Energy Agency.
This means to show them that while they insist on backing the deal and look for ways to circumvent the issues that arose in the wake of the U.S.'s decision to withdraw from the deal in May, Iran continues to deceive them and the U.N. by secretly pursuing nuclear weapons.
The decision to reveal the information at the U.N. General Assembly was made after the data was carefully scrutinized by the IDF and the Mossad, Israel's national intelligence agency, to ensure making it public would not compromise sensitive sources.
A senior political source said that Netanyahu sought to have his U.N. address incriminate Iran "across the board," which led to the decision to include the intelligence pertaining to Hezbollah's weapon production efforts.
Israeli military intelligence has been closely monitoring the Shiite terrorist group's efforts for the past year, and has already shared it with several Western intelligence agencies, he said.
Iranian officials dismissed Netanyahu's claims at the U.N., with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif denouncing the allegations as an "obscene charge" and calling the Israeli prime minister "liar who would not stop lying."
A source in Netanyahu's entourage to the U.N. General Assembly said that Thursday's speech has unsettled the Iranians, who have been backed into a corner on the issue.
Another source said that Netanyahu himself stressed that he would not have gone forward with the revelations without the support of the Israeli intelligence community.
Describing the speech as a "call for action," Netanyahu also noted that the fact that Iranian officials "criticized the addressed, they didn't deny [the allegations], which says everything."