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An Israeli report stated that Chief of General Staff Aviv Kochavi instructed the army to prepare a military plan that includes three options to confront the Iranian nuclear threat.
According to a report by the “Israel Hayom” newspaper, the three options will be drawn up soon, and then presented to the political parties.
The report stated that “despite Tehran’s desire to return to the nuclear agreement, it has recently taken several steps to bring it closer to obtaining a nuclear bomb, and the prevailing opinion in Israel is that Tehran needs a year to complete a nuclear facility.”
“Iran is advancing in recent years in the field of research and development, collecting enriched materials and also with offensive capabilities,” Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said in an expanded article on Iran’s nuclear project, to be published by “Israel Hayom” tomorrow. He added, “It is clear that Israel must have a military option, and this matter requires resources and investment, and I am currently working to achieve this.”
According to the newspaper, the Israeli army says that preparing the military plan needs billions of shekels, outside the current security budget.
Israeli sources reported that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu intends to appoint a special government official for this file, and the candidate for this position is Mossad chief Yossi Cohen, after he finishes his duties next June.
Source: Israeli media