Head of the 'Habithonistim' (Protectors of Israel) movement of high-ranking officers, commanders and IDF fighters research department, Or Issachar, says Iran is inching closer to a nuclear outbreak while the world community would prefer to turn a blind eye to the threat in order to appease the Ayatollahs while profiting in the financial and other spheres, leaving Israel alone in the fight with Iran.
"One of the advantages is that we were already in this film in 2015 when the previous agreement was signed and we can compare the situation today to what it was then," he says, pointing out that Iran has made headway in its nuclear program, "making substantial progress including enriching uranium to a sixty percent level." "It had never reached this point in the past but in the last year alone, [the Islamic Republic] has produced at least 40 kilos of such material and more than 180 kilos of enriched uranium at a twenty percent level," he adds.
"This means that according to the IAEA's assessment, Iran is about two weeks from having enough enriched uranium for a first nuclear weapon." It is difficult to attain enriched uranium at a 20 percent level, but from there to the ninety percent level, which is needed for producing nuclear weapons, the timeline is much shorter, and today they have more advanced centrifuges that can enrich 10 times more than in past years," he says.
"What is worrying is that today Iran is in a very advanced state from a nuclear point of view, it is only a matter of decision for them, and the world community are not demanding real concessions from it because Iran will not sign an agreement that would prevent it from acquiring nuclear weapons. Therefore, instead of destroying advanced centrifuges, they agreed to disassemble them and put them aside while waiting for an opportunity to put them in motion again. The sanctions mechanism that in the past could be returned automatically depends today on the report of the Atomic Energy Agency, which will obviously be subject to American pressure to desist from publishing a report that the Iranians are violating the agreement."
Issachar sees all this as evidence of a very worrying development that points to the world's lack of interest in the matter. "They are knowingly signing an agreement that will keep Iran as a nuclear threshold state, even if it provides them a small tactical advantage. In a short time, in 2031, it will be a threshold state with a large nuclear arsenal. For us, this is very worrying. Israel cannot live under such a threat," he stresses.
According to Issachar, the right answer to Iran rests in crude strength. "Iran understands the language of crude force. If it signs, you can be sure that they do not intend to carry it out, and if they do, it is only a way for them to wait out favorable conditions to complete their mission. What is needed is for a country like Israel, and certainly the United States, to exercise a credible military threat against Iran. We have many partners in the region, some of whom have signed peace agreements with us, who share our concern and they could be used as an access point to Iran's backyard so that Iran would face a credible threat."