Sunday, June 21, 2020

IDF: Iran 'Most Dangerous Country In Mideast'

IDF Chief: Iran ‘Most Dangerous Country in Mideast’, Threat to Israel Despite Lack of Common Border

Register03:02 GMT22 JUNE 2020

Earlier, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that the whole world is coming to realize that Iran has been “lying” about its nuclear activities, and called for “paralyzing sanctions” to be imposed on the Islamic Republic over its alleged breach of the 2015 nuclear deal.
Iran has “become the most dangerous country in the Middle East,” Lieut. Gen. Aviv Kochavi, Israel Defence Forces’ Chief of General Staff said Sunday, the Jerusalem Post reports.
“[Iran] is located in the third circle [in relation to Israel],” Kochavi said, referring to the country’s geographic proximity, “but is highly effective in influencing the first and second circles,” he added, referring to Iran’s alleged cooperation with a range of militias stretching from Lebanon and Syria to Yemen.

According to the officer, although Iran has “made significant progress in its nuclear weapons program, the nuclear threat is no longer the only threat. Iran also has conventional weapons.”
Kochavi accused Iran of funding ‘terrorist’ organizations like Hezbollah in Lebanon, and Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Palestinian territories, and of trying to carry out terrorist attacks against Israel. Although Israel, the US and many US allies recognize groups like Hezbollah and Hamas as terrorist groups, many other countries do not.
Kochavi’s comments came in the wake of remarks earlier Sunday by Prime Minister Netanyahu accusing Iran of lying to the world “in order to attain nuclear weapons.” The International Atomic Energy Agency now “understands…what we have said for years,” Netanyahu said, referring to a recent agency report accusing Tehran of backpeddling on its obligations under the 2015 nuclear deal. Tehran has denied the claims, and called on the international community not to listen to a report based on Mossad claims.

Israel and Iran have engaged in back and forth threats and claims that the other side was the region’s ‘biggest threat to peace.’ Tel Aviv claims that Iran seeks to acquire nuclear weapons and spread terrorism throughout the region to threaten Israeli national security, including through proxy forces operating along its borders. Tehran, meanwhile, says Israel’s illegal military actions in Syria, Lebanon, Palestinian territories and Iraq, as well as its possession of an actual nuclear arsenal, make it the greater danger.

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