Bennett inspired by Reagan in the fight against Iran’s nuclear weapons

Former US President Ronald Reagan’s “Star Wars” plan is Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s model for countering the Iranian nuclear threat, Bennett said.

Bennett said he plans to “spend more than Iran” in an interview with The Times of London published on Sunday, where he repeated his comparison between the conflict between Israel and Iran and the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union.

“The parallel is what Reagan did,” Bennett said. “Reagan didn’t have to bomb Moscow.”

In 1983, Reagan announced the Strategic Defense Initiative, dubbed “Star Wars,” to develop a defense system against strategic ballistic nuclear weapons. Soviet attempts to compete with American military superiority crippled the Soviet economy and contributed to the end of the Cold War.

“Iran is a rotten regime,” the prime minister added. “They cannot even supply drinking water to their citizens, but invest their resources in nuclear development.”

Former President Ronald Reagan addresses the nation from the Oval Office (credit: Wikimedia Commons)

“It is no secret, Iran is now at its most advanced point of ability to enrich uranium,” he said.

Bennett said Israel is “strong [economic] The growth, beyond the increased prosperity of the Israelis, has allowed us to invest massively in strengthening our military capabilities, both offensive and defensive. “

“We will work against them, using all of our energy, all of our innovation, technology and economy to get to a point where we are several steps ahead,” he said.

The prime minister’s remarks come as the Israel Air Force has been preparing to train for an attack on Iran’s nuclear program and is looking to spend NIS 5 billion. ($ 1.5 billion) in preparation for the Iranian threat, with recent reports saying Israel is looking for new bunker-busting bombs that the US Air Force successfully tested earlier this month, as well as the plane needed to transport them.

They also come before Bennett meets with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron, parts of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and negotiations to reactivate that deal with Iran. restricting its enrichment of uranium.

Johnson, Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Joe Biden issued a joint G20 statement in Rome on Saturday expressing their “determination to ensure that Iran can never develop or acquire a nuclear weapon.”

The leaders said they share a “grave and growing concern that while Iran halted negotiations on a return to [JCPOA] Since June, it has accelerated the pace of provocative nuclear measures, such as the production of highly enriched uranium and enriched uranium metal. Iran has no credible civilian need for either measure, but both are important to nuclear weapons programs. These steps have only become more alarming due to the simultaneous decline in Iran’s cooperation and transparency with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

They “agreed that continued Iranian nuclear advances and obstacles to the IAEA’s work will jeopardize the possibility of a return to the JCPOA.”

However, Biden maintained that he would make the United States fully comply with the JCPOA and would remain so as long as Iran does the same.

“The current situation underscores the importance of a negotiated solution that provides for the return of Iran and the United States to full compliance with the JCPOA and provides the basis for continued diplomatic engagement to resolve the remaining points of dispute,” they stated.

Israel opposes the JCPOA on the grounds that it does not sufficiently limit Iran’s nuclear program, nor do the limitations last long enough, and do not apply to other malicious Iranian actions in the region, such as its military powers and ballistic missile program. .

However, under the Bennett government, Jerusalem has kept its criticism of the Iran Agreement more subdued, focusing on cooperation more with the western parts of the JCPOA to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

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