Islam News – Israel should not take a publicly oppositional approach to the American President Joe Biden administration, but should always maintain a military option to counter the Iranian nuclear threat, Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi said on Tuesday.
Ashkenazi made the remarks at the Institute for Security Studies Annual Conference, before joining a panel with Bahraini Foreign Minister Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani and United Arab Emirates Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash.
“I wouldn’t recommend a confrontational policy in the media towards the new administration,” Ashkenazi said. “We need to be able to exhaust the options to reach a professional, real and transparent conversation in a closed room, and strive for a situation in which the Israeli concerns – central of which is to prevent Iran from reaching nuclear capabilities – are heard.
”The Abraham Accords between Israel and four Arab states “amplifies the regional voice when we talk to the new administration” about Iran, the foreign minister said, adding that he’s glad that Biden administration officials have said they will consult with Israel and other relevant countries before moving forward in talks with the Islamic Republic.
At the same time, Ashkenazi said Israel must “keep a credible military option on the table.” He brought the example of Syria’s efforts to build a nuclear reactor, which Israel bombed in 2007, after the US did not take action. “I am a member of the school of thought that Israel must rely on itself when it comes to existential threats,” he said. “We can ask friends for help, but we must have the [military] option on the table.”
Ashkenazi was Israeli Army chief of staff when the senior political echelons – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and then-defense minister Ehud Barak – strongly considered launching an attack on Iran. Ashkenazi and Mossad chief Meir Dagan opposed that course of action at the time.
Source: The Jerusalem Post