Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel warned on Sunday that his nation would ensure that Tehran never obtains nuclear weapons, while also taking credit for keeping Iran from already having them. He also said that the recent accord would strengthen and embolden Iran s leaders, since the lifting of most sanctions would free up money for Tehran to arm and support the government of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria, Shiite militias and Israel s enemies in the region, including Hezbollah, Hamas and Islamic Jihad.
“Iran is continuing to strive for nuclear weapons and the International Atomic Energy Agency s optimism must not blind the international community,” Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon said on Saturday, as world powers dropped sanctions on Iran after international monitors concluded the first phase of their landmark nuclear deal complete, marking the formal commencement of the accord. Lifting the sanctions, Danon said is like “greasing the wheels of terrorism that Iran is funding around the world.”
In an unusual closed lecture he gave on October 29 for Tel Aviv’s College of Management, the usually reticent and understated general, formerly head of the elite Sayeret Matkal commando unit and tabbed as a leading candidate to become the next chief of staff, said, “If you ask me whether we’ll have a war with Iran over the next 10 years, I’ll give you a surprising answer. We are already at war with Iran. We’re having a technological war with Iran. Our engineers are fighting Iranian engineers today and it s becoming increasingly significant.”
Iran on Monday accused Saudi Arabia of using an attack on its embassy in Tehran as a pretext to fuel regional tensions, as Iranian diplomats faced a 48-hour deadline to leave Riyadh and as Saudi Arabia announced the cancellation of all flights to and from Iran. “Iran… is committed to provide diplomatic security based on international conventions. But Saudi Arabia, which thrives on tensions, has used this incident as an excuse to fuel the tensions,” Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman Hossein Jaberi Ansari said in televised remarks.
New data revealed worrying results related to Iran in the background of the signing of the nuclear deal. The new research indicates that the gap between Iran and Israel in the scientific and technological fields is lessening, threatening the advantage held by Israel in the future. Although Israel truly maintains the quality gap in the computer field and the life sciences, Israel is no longer consider a leader in the mathematics field. This means that the gap has narrowed. Another statistic that indicates the narrowing gap was the results of the Science Olympiad in High Schools, where the recent winners were youth from Turkey and Iran.
Former Defense Minister Ehud Barak said he would expect the United States to equip Israel with the arms that would enable it to attack Iran s nuclear facilities if needed. Barak made the statement last Thursday at an event at Harvard University, in response to a question about what measures that should be taken to prevent the continued development of Iran s nuclear program now that Tehran has signed a nuclear deal with the major world powers.