on Sunday 5 December, 2021

Gantz, Mossad chief to pressure US to attack Iran - report

Israel is set to ramp up the pressure as indirect US-Iranian nuclear talks are reportedly on the brink of crisis.

PEOPLE PASS a mural of Iran's late leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in Tehran (photo credit: NAZANIN TABATABAEE/WANA VIA REUTERS)
by : jpost.com

Mossad chief David Barnea will fly out to Washington on Sunday evening to attempt to convince the US to engage in military action against Iran, Israeli media reported.

Defense Minister Benny Gantz is set to join the Mossad head in the United States on Thursday.

Indirect US-Iranian nuclear talks are reportedly on the brink of crisis, with European officials expressing dismay at the extreme demands of the Islamic Republic during the negotiations.

In a phone call between Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday, the former said world powers must halt negotiations with and impose strict measures on Iran.

On Friday, Blinken himself said that the latest round of Iran nuclear talks ended because the Islamic Republic "does not seem to be serious."

On Thursday, the Mossad head stated that Israel's intelligence agency will thwart any attempts by Tehran to possess nuclear weapons.

"Iran will not have nuclear weapons – not in the coming years, not ever. This is my personal commitment: This is the Mossad’s commitment," Barnea said.

Israeli President Isaac Herzog made a similar statement during a ceremony to accept US Ambassador to Israel Thomas Nides' credentials, stating Israel will act on its own if the international community fails to foil Iran's nuclear ambitions.

"If the international community does not take a vigorous stance on this issue—Israel will do so. Israel will protect itself," Herzog said.