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With the possibility that former Vice President Joe Biden could still become the next President of the United States, Israel’s Settlements Minister Tzachi Hanegbi warned on Wednesday night that “there will, in the end, be a violent confrontation between Israel and Iran,” if Biden insists on returning to the failed Iran Nuclear Deal canceled by President Trump.

“Biden has said openly for a long time that he will go back to the nuclear agreement,” Hanegbi said in the Jerusalem Post. “I see that as something that will lead to a confrontation between Israel and Iran.”

The minister added that he, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and most Israelis saw the 2015 Obama-Biden Iran Deal as “mistaken – and that’s an understatement.”

“If Biden stays with that policy, there will, in the end, be a violent confrontation between Israel and Iran,” Hanegbi stated.

The Post reported that Hanegbi also said President Trump’s hope to negotiate a deal with Iran is not the same because it would be “a different agreement that he would force through maximum pressure sanctions.”

Meanwhile, Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee chairman Zvi Hauser, who called Biden a “true friend of Israel,” admitted that “today, everyone understands the agreement wasn’t enough to prevent” Iran from developing nuclear weapons, and “countries of the free world know this is their test” – to stop Iran from going nuclear.

The Middle East has changed a lot since Biden left office in 2016, said Hauser in The Post. “This is a Middle East in which Iran is much more dangerous, in which its weapons and technology are much more accurate and much deadlier…”

Allowing Iran to go nuclear would trigger a regional nuclear arms race, where Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Egypt would all rush to develop their own nuclear weapons, Hauser warned.

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Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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Allen Burt
Allen Burt
1 year ago

Hopefully a PRE-nuclear (Iran) “arms race”…
May Israel’s aim be straight and true