Former Mossad chief Yossi Cohen: “Strike on Iran must stay on the table”

In an interview, Cohen referred to the nuclear talks that will begin next week in Vienna: “A good agreement will prevent Iran from making achievements towards the bomb. The United States has seen what the Iranians are capable of doing, very much hopes it understands the meaning of a bad agreement.”

“An independent attack on nuclear sites, if Iran takes this path that endangers our existence, should and must be on the table – unequivocally.” This is what the former head of the Mossad, Yossi Cohen, said yesterday (Thursday), a few days before the resumption of nuclear talks between the powers and Iran in Vienna.

“A good agreement can prevent Iran’s achievements towards the bomb,” Cohen stressed, adding: “And a bad agreement like the one signed in the past can not do it perfectly.” He said, “The bottom line is that Iran must take the capabilities, because we can not take the motivations from them. The Iranian vision and motivation exist and so they insist on a great insistence on possessing capabilities to develop nuclear capabilities – and that must be taken away from them.”

Asked if he trusts the Americans on the issue, Cohen replied: “I trust us that we will need a good agreement and I very much hope that the United States understands the meaning of a bad agreement. “It has seen lately, especially since President Donald Trump’s exit from the agreement, what Iran can do if it decides to go for less recommended or less good routes for us.”

Talks in Austria, which will begin on November 29 and last for three days, will be attended in addition to Iranian representatives by representatives from China, Russia, France, Germany and the United Kingdom – with the United States being indirectly represented in Jerusalem. Of Less for Less, which means some of the sanctions on Iran will be lifted in exchange for stopping uranium enrichment, during which time Tehran could pour billions of dollars into terrorism, organizations like Hezbollah and Hamas, militias in Syria and weapons and missile factories.

In light of the concerns, Israel is trying to persuade the powers – with an emphasis on Britain and France – to present a tougher line towards the Iranians. Foreign Minister Yair Lapid will also attend a series of political meetings in Britain and France and will meet with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron.

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