Jerusalem / New York – Israel has allocated an additional $1.5 billion to prepare for an attack on Iran’s nuclear programme. It is claimed that it will be utilised to purchase fighter jets, surveillance drones alongside some important arsenals. Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz’s support for the additional provision illustrates that Israel is preparing for an attack on Iran. Meanwhile, Iran’s air force has begun a nationwide air drill since Thursday. A few days ago, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s government had announced an additional provision for the country’s defence spending. Speaking at a hearing in front of the Israeli parliament’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, Gantz described the challenges faced by Israel. Gantz said that Israel has to face a military challenge on several fronts and that the biggest threat to Israel comes from Iran and Iran’s nuclear programme.
‘Iran is coming closer to a nuclear capability and we are doing everything possible to prevent that. We will invest in our offensive and defensive abilities and improve our technological superiority,’ said Gantz. Though this information was given, the Israeli Defense Minister did not detail how the additional $1.5 billion provisions would be utilised.
Even so, Israel can purchase fighter jets, surveillance drones and bombs targeting underground projects, Israeli media claim. A few days ago, the US had successfully tested the GBU-72 bunker-buster bomb. This bunker-buster bomb could be used to attack the Fordow Fuel Enrichment Plant hidden in the mountains of Iran. Therefore, the Israeli media are claiming that Israel would purchase these bombs.
PM Bennett’s government’s aggressive stance on Iran becomes apparent with the affairs over the past month. Israeli Foreign Affairs Minister Yair Lapid had also warned about Iran during his visit to the United States last week. Lapid had suggested that the US use ‘other options’ than negotiating to prevent Iran from building a nuclear bomb. Earlier, PM Bennett had mentioned ‘Plan B’ during a meeting with US President Joe Biden. Chief of Israel’s Defense Forces, Lieutenant General Aviv Kochavi, had said that movements on attacking Iran’s nuclear programme have been ‘greatly accelerated’.
As the news was emerging from Israel, the annual air force drill in Iran began on Thursday. Twelve airbases participated in the drill. The exercise involved Iranian air force fighter jets, bombers as well as surveillance aircraft. Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations, Majid Takht-Ravanchi, has complained about Israel to the UN. Ravanchi has demanded, the UN take a serious note of the threat posed by Israel to Iran’s nuclear programme.
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