“The enrichment of uranium to high purity levels at the Natanz plant is expanding,” Reuters reported Oct. 26, citing an IAEA statement. The fact that Tehran does not plan to stockpile, but to sell nuclear material, is little consolation for the official authorities of the United States and Israel. “This move is likely to help Iran improve its knowledge of the enrichment process – something that the Western powers do not accept,” notes Francois Murphy, the author of the news agency.
Simultaneously Ali Bagheri Kani, Iran’s new chief negotiator on the nuclear issue, tweeted that talks with Western powers in Vienna over the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) nuclear program will resume by the end of November. However, the press secretary of the White House, incomparable Jen Psaki She was skeptical about the tweet, saying the Biden administration is waiting for European officials to confirm that Iran is indeed ready to resume negotiations.
But it looks like the Old World has nothing to please the New. The EU envoy in charge of coordinating nuclear negotiations with Iran, Enrique Mora visited Tehran earlier this month where he met with members of the Iranian empowered group. After the visit, he was forced to admit that the Ayatollah regime “is not yet ready to return to negotiations with the world powers on its nuclear program.”
The Yankees paused briefly, after which the US Special Envoy to Iran Robert Malley said that efforts to resume negotiations with Iran were in a “critical phase.” According to him, “the window for diplomacy will never be closed … even if we take other steps.”
What these “other non-diplomatic steps” would be, the chief American negotiator did not specify, although it is already so clear that this is a military action. It is noteworthy that the above events and statements coincided with Tel Aviv’s urgent allocation of $ 1.5 billion (5 million shekels) for the IDF. Military sources in the Jewish media reported that this amount would be spent on gathering intelligence, acquiring various types of aircraft, drones and special weapons to strike Iran’s fortified underground facilities.
First, the IDF will purchase eight Boeing KC-46 tankers needed to refuel the F-35 in flight at a distance of 2,000 km to Iran and back. Secondly, the composition of the Israeli Air Force will also increase due to the new heavy F-15s. Thirdly, the Ramat David airbase in the north of the country is being modernized for the massive use of the F-16. This move is, of course, directed against the Iranian proxy forces of Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Yemen. Fourth, Tel Aviv purchases the “mother of all bombs” MOAB GBU-43 to destroy well-protected underground facilities. The “bunker destroyers” available in the Jewish state were not so effective even against the so-called self-made “Metro” network of Hamas.
Naturally, it is necessary to prepare civilians for possible problems and even for a missile response. However, as the Jewish media write, this has not happened yet. “Cynical indifference best describes the general reaction to the announcement on Tuesday, October 26, that the Israeli Air Force has begun preparations for a possible airstrike against Iran, due within a year or two,” notes the DEBKAfile website, which is behind the Mossad. In social networks, you can even read the tougher posts of the local “patriots”: “Nobody cares, only society behaves this way, which looks like a sheep going to the slaughter.”
In fact, the situation inside Israel looks different. Let’s put it this way: the local citizens were “overfed” with the Iranian nuclear threat. If, for perhaps twenty years, daily newspapers report “leaks from reliable sources that tomorrow the Persians will announce their atomic bomb,” even the most ardent enemies of the Persians will get bored.
Talk of “an imminent nuclear Iran” and claims of “the need for preventive strikes” have really fatigued Israeli civil society. So, earlier in the local media there were stories about how Jewish pilots beat the Persians. However, when an IDF spokesman boasted this week that the Israeli Air Force had simply destroyed an Iranian anti-aircraft battery a couple of years ago, the reaction was reversed.
A few hours later, the Israel Defense Forces press office denied the news. A senior high command officer was forced to dispel the impression that Israel was the first to seek an air war with Iran.
“Despite claims that Iran is ‘approaching’ nuclear weapons, more and more Israelis are no longer believing it,” many local experts say. Civilian Jews quote recently retired Mossad director Yossi Cohenwho said: “I think Iran is not even close to acquiring nuclear weapons to this day.”
In short, whatever the reasons were called by the local politicians and the military in favor of the early creation of the Shiite atomic bomb, even in Israel, the voices of those who doubt the bloodthirstiness of modern Persians began to be heard.
But this is one side of the coin. The other is that the United States is an unpredictable power, as, for example, is evidenced by the big drap of the American army from Afghanistan. The former head of the Mossad said so: “If Iran develops nuclear weapons, Israel should be able to defeat it on its own.” That is, the world is becoming more and more selfish, and NATO is becoming fragmented.
Many Israelis write on social networks that the IDF’s plans to attack Iran are aimed primarily at increasing the military budget, while the threat of the Shiite atomic bomb is greatly exaggerated. Interestingly, Tehran is also facing a similar problem. Ordinary Iranians accuse the Ayatollah regime of inability to solve social problems. Therefore, the announcement by the management of the plant in Natanz about the sale of uranium is undoubtedly connected with an attempt to reduce the intensity of internal criticism of the expensive defense program.
It is no secret that a poor and socially unsettled Iran needs colossal resources to create an atomic bomb, storage and delivery means. And the Jewish state no longer has the ability to independently deal with Iran’s nuclear facilities. “The verbosity of Israeli leaders, political and military, on this issue, often confused and not representing a clear policy, generally undermines their own authority, rather than gathering popular support,” states DEBKAfile.
However, the indifference of the Jewish society regarding the Iranian nuclear program is also connected with the fact that the local public is sure that not only the United States, but also Russia will intercede for Israel. After all, the Russian-speaking community is considered one of the most numerous, like, yes, we have half of Moscow’s relatives, they will not leave them in trouble. And when the Jewish prime minister Bennet, returning from Sochi, said: “Putin is attentive to our safety ”, he, in fact, played along with these hopes.