Israel will not sit back and do nothing, given these repeated attacks,” Lapid said, referring to Iran’s Hezbollah proxy, while warning of the dire nuclear threat.
By: WIN Staff
Currently meeting with President Emmanuel Macron in Paris, Prime Minister Yair Lapid stressed the imminent danger posed by Iran, insisting that the world must take action.
Noting that France is one of the countries leading the negotiations on the nuclear deal, Lapid said:
“We may have disagreements about the content of the agreement, but we do not disagree on the facts. The facts are that Iran is violating the agreement and continues to develop its nuclear program.
“Iran is hiding information from the world, it is enriching uranium beyond the level it is allowed to, and it has removed cameras from its nuclear sites.
“Given all this, the world must respond.”
Lapid reminded Macron that already in 2018, the French president was the first world leader to talk about the need for a new deal with Iran — “a deal that is more efficient and better defined, a deal with no expiration date, a deal with coordinated international pressure that would prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear threshold state.
“You were right then, and you are even more right today. The current situation cannot continue as it is. It will lead to a nuclear arms race in the Middle East, which would threaten world peace,” he said.
Lapid also pointed to Iran’s activities in other countries, such as the recent plan to murder Israeli tourists in Istanbul that was exposed and thwarted by Turkish intelligence.
Furthermore, he continued, “a few days ago, Iranian-made UAVs tried to attack an Israeli gas rig near the Lebanese coast.
“These UAVs were sent by Hezbollah, a terrorist organization that threatens Lebanon’s stability, violates its sovereignty, pushes it towards a dangerous escalation with Israel, and harms the national interests of Lebanon — a country I know is dear to your heart.
“Hezbollah has more than one hundred thousand rockets in Lebanon, aimed at Israel. It tries to attack us with Iranian rockets and UAVs.
“Israel will not sit back and do nothing, given these repeated attacks,” he declared.
In a somewhat related development, WIN also reported A senior officer of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is the man installing air defenses from Tehran in both Lebanon and Syria, intelligence analyst Ronen Solomon revealed in his Intelli Times blog Monday.
Brig. Gen. Fereydoun Mohammadi Saghaei is responsible “for operational coordination with the Syrian army, for the deployment of air defense systems, electronic warfare, and other airborne tools, in order to threaten Israeli Air Force activity in the area,” he wrote.
Saghaei is the deputy coordinator of the IRGC’s Aerospace Force. His identity as the man behind Iran’s efforts to protect its resources in Israel’s northern neighbor was revealed in a Friday report by al-Arabiya. Solomon stated that he had confirmed with Western intelligence sources that the Saudi Arabian paper had spelled his name incorrectly but that this was the same person.
According to Al-Arabiya, Saghaei came to Damascus several times to try coordinating the delivery of the systems. The report’s sources said that Jerusalem knew about the attempts.
In July 2020, Syria and Iran signed a military cooperation agreement that specifically stated that Tehran would supply Damascus with its newest anti-aircraft system. The “3-Khordad” is considered on par with Russia’s S-300 system that Moscow had installed in Syria and manned with its own troops in 2019.