Pardo, former Mossad chief: Bennett does not have a strategy with Iran

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has yet to decide on a strategy for Iran, although he appears to be flirting with returning to the previous administration’s approach, former Mossad director Tamir Pardo said on Tuesday.

Speaking at a conference at Reichman University, Pardo said: “The question is whether Israel has a strategy regarding Iran … I think Israel doesn’t have a strategy yet. But it seems to me that the trend is for Israel to go back to what it was before, ”referring to the thematic similarities between the previous government and a previous speech by Bennett at the conference.

Pardo was a staunch critic of the policies of former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who defended a strong outspoken criticism of the 2015 US-sponsored JCPOA nuclear deal and the Biden administration’s hope of reverting to the deal.

In contrast, the former Mossad chief has said that with all its holes, the deal also has advantages and that Jerusalem should not fight the United States in public over political differences related to Iran.

Rather, he has said that Israel should work quietly behind the scenes to convince Washington to improve the deal.

The Iranian flag flies in front of the UN office building, which houses the IAEA headquarters, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Vienna, Austria, on May 24, 2021 (credit: LISI NIESNER / REUTERS).

He explained his reasoning again on Tuesday, saying: “Can we threaten war all day? … To make a single targeted attack, there is no better force than Israel.”

However, he contrasted the successful Israeli single-target attacks on Iraqi and Syrian nuclear reactors in 1981 and 2007 with Iran as a much more difficult situation.

Iran “is not the same opera,” referring to the code name for the attack on Iraq’s nuclear reactor, adding that “only the United States knows how” to attack Iran’s many nuclear facilities.

“There would be dozens of targets unlike in history in Iraq and Syria,” which would likely be beyond Israel’s capabilities, adding that stopping the Islamic Republic is also more difficult because so much of its nuclear program is construction. own and could be rebuilt without outside assistance.

With Iraq and Syria, the main nuclear facilities attacked were all foreign constrictions and the countries had a near-zero capacity to rebuild themselves.



Reference-www.jpost.com

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