Israelis Say They’ll Attack Iran If US Returns to Nuclear Deal

Accompanied by a false narrative that Iran is racing towards a bomb when that is not the case

Israeli officials have made their opposition to the Biden administration returning to the Iran nuclear deal known. Some have even threatened a military strike on Iran if President Biden revives the deal, known as the JCPOA.

An Israeli source affirmed this to Breaking Defense in an article published on Monday. “Israel needs to know — and fast — whether Washington plans to stop Iran’s race to the bomb or take some action to do this,” the source said, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

The source said that Israeli intelligence is monitoring Iran’s nuclear facilities closely. Israeli airstrikes on Syria were also mentioned, which have ramped up in recent months. “This pressure will continue and grow, as a preparation for a direct attack on targets in Iran,” the source said of airstrikes in Syria.

Israel always claims its airstrikes in Syria hit Iranian targets, but they usually strike Shia militias. Last week, an Israeli airstrike hit Syria that reportedly killed four civilians and destroyed three houses.

Earlier this month, Tzachi Hanegbi, an Israeli minister from the Likud party, made the most direct public threat against Iran. Hanegbi said that if the US returns to the JCPOA that “Israel will again be alone against Iran” and will attack Iran’s nuclear program.

Breaking Defense, its source, and Haneegbi all push the narrative that Iran is racing towards a bomb when that is not the case. One example they use is the fact that Iran recently increased uranium enrichment to 20 percent, which is still vastly lower than the 90 percent needed for weapons-grade uranium.

Despite the hype, the 20 percent enrichment has a civilian purpose. It allows Iran to make fuel rods for its Tehran Research Reactor, a facility that was built by the US in the 1960s that can produce medical isotopes.

Another crucial piece of context left out of the Breaking Defense article is the reason why Iran started enriching uranium at 20 percent. Iran’s parliament passed a bill to increase enrichment after the November assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the prominent Iranian scientist who was killed in an apparent Israeli plot. So it was Israeli aggression that led to the increased enrichment.

Iran has maintained that it is willing to return to compliance with the JCPOA if the Biden administration lifts sanctions. Any more attacks from Israel could prevent Iran from decreasing enrichment levels.


  1. ken says

    Not sure why but history indicates they don’t seem to get along with anyone.

  2. Jerry Hood says

    Last time, Hezbollah taught the nosehooked money sniffers a big lesson! They nust do ” bu,bu,bu”, but without American goyim in uniforms, used to fight the lhazarian wars, the nosehooked are dead meat!

  3. XSFRGR says

    So Nuttyyahoo is going to attack Iran? That bodes well for Israel’s future as a toxic ashtray

    1. Eileen Kuch says

      Yes, indeed, XSFRGR. Nutty&Yahoo’s gonna attack Iran? He truly is a psycho, and that bodes for Israel’s future as a toxic glass parking lot.

  4. DeQuincey says

    Iran is enriching uranium because US sanctions mean they cant sell it as they used to.

    Article 2(4) of the U.N. Charter prohibits both the threat and use of force.

    1. Curmudgeon says

      Not sure where you are going with your comment, but consider the following:

      • Iran, a NPT signatory, is entitled under the NPT to develop nuclear technology, under IAEA supervision, and other signatories are required to assist;
      • the JCPOA was a voluntary limit, by Iran, to restrict its rights under the NPT, providing the US and others lifted their illegal sanctions on Iran. Prior to and during the JCPOA, Iran has allowed the most invasive IAEA inspections of any NPT signatory. To date, Iran has allowed invasive inspections to continue.
      • Under the NPT, a signatories must assist another signatory attacked by a non-signatory. Israel, along with Pakistan, India, and North Korea are non-signatories.

      Perhaps China and Russia should remind Israel, the US, and the rest of (((occupied Europe))) of the obligations of NPT signatories defending a signatory attacked by a non-signatory. Failure to do so, would prove North Korea was entirely correct about the NPT being of no benefit to a signatory under attack by a non-signatory, and put the entire nuclear non-proliferation regime at risk.
      As for the UN Charter, when has Israel, admitted on condition they made peace with their neighbours, ever acknowledged the UN Charter having any authority over them?

  5. Dale Ferguson says

    Who cares if your neighbor has a big gun? Unless, of course you like to slap his wife and kids around.

  6. Sally Snyder says

    Here is an interesting analysis of Israel’s nuclear inventory:

    When it comes to Israel, it is clear that there is a double standard in Washington when it comes to states other than the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia and China and their potential development of nuclear weapons.

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