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Israel and Iran… escalation of the language of threats

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The language of mutual threats between Israel and Iran, is not surprising, as this language formed a major part of the political discourse of both Israel and Iran. The warning of Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid came, stressing that Israel is ready to act alone against Iran if necessary.

These statements were preceded by Israeli media leaks, confirming that the Israeli army leadership has begun to accelerate preparations for a possible attack on Iranian nuclear facilities. These leaks stated that the Israeli army has begun to take practical steps regarding the scenario of launching a military attack, and therefore these Israeli threats, which were preceded by targeting some nuclear facilities, confirm that the language of the Israeli threats is not just part of the political discourse towards Iran, it has implied a sort of seriousness.

The changes that the United States witnessed with the exit of Donald Trump from the White House and the arrival of Joe Biden, is one of the main motives behind the escalation of the language of the Israeli threat towards Iran, as the Joe Biden administration began to pursue political flexibility towards Iran, as well as Biden’s personality affected by the various years of work with Barack Obama who is entirely different from Trump’s firm personality, all this prompted the Israelis to adopt a sharp offensive language towards Iran, which means that the political flexibility that the Biden administration sought to adopt intensified the Israeli confrontational stance towards Iran, especially since the Israelis do not want the Vienna outcomes to lead to an agreement of a nuclear deal similar to the 2015 agreement.

The strategy adopted by President Biden’s administration and the political flexibility it has shown towards Iran will complicate the security situation in the Middle East, because the Biden administration did not try to learn from the mistakes of Barack Obama’s administration when it sought to separate the Iranian nuclear project from the regional ambitions of the Iranian regime, which showed in the end, a bad agreement unleashed the Iranian arm in the region.

It seems clear that the Israeli officials succeeded in predicting the outcomes of this policy pursued by the Joe Biden administration, and they do not want to wait until the final features of this policy are completed.

Therefore, they resorted to the language of escalation with Iran to create obstacles to the nuclear negotiations, and to force the United States to re-correct the political track of the nuclear negotiations with Iran, because whatever the personality of President Biden, he will not be able to adopt a policy of disassociation, if Israel takes an offensive step towards Iran.

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