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As threat of nuclear Iran grows, Israel prepares defense

Israel is stepping up its defense strategy as Iran moves closer to developing a nuclear weapon.

An Israeli security official, speaking to media outlets, says that Iranians today “are closer to creating fissile material for nuclear weapons than they ever were in the past. In light of Iranian progress of their nuclear program, we are preparing for all options and scenarios, including military capabilities.”

The official also warned that Iran is attempting to reshape the Middle East through “subversion, terrorist financing and arms exports” as it establishes itself in unstable countries across the region.

In response to the developments, Israel has laid out various options, including having its military establish a headquarters to directly deal with Iran. It also plans to build a counterforce against Iran by garnering support from neighboring Arab countries through the Abraham Accords and its close relationships with Egypt, Jordan, Greece and Cyprus.

The Abraham Accords, brokered by former President Donald Trump,

“The historic change in relations with Arab countries will also include security components,” the security official said. “Security cooperation has improved and intensified in recent months. This is an opportunity for any country that wants to be involved in the region to deal with common threats.”

The terrorist group Hezbollah also is a concern for Israel as it expands its influence over a vulnerable Lebanon, which currently is facing a political and economic crisis.

“The source of instability in Lebanon is the terrorist organization Hezbollah that exploits the state’s resources for Iranian interests,” the security official said. “It is of vital importance to intensify international pressure to promote political and economic reforms as a condition for infrastructural and economic assistance in order to stabilize the country.”

Together with Iran, Hezbollah “continue to establish themselves in Syria and threaten Israel,” the official said. “Israel will continue its campaign in this gray area and will continue for as long as it takes in order to protect the citizens of Israel.”

In the meantime, Israel would rather handle the situation with Iran through diplomatic efforts instead of military force.

–Lee Hartman | Metro Voice