Following on the heels of the Biden administration’s announcement that it would reenter the Iran Nuclear Deal, Israel appears to be readying plans to strike at Iran on its own.

Re-entering the Iran Deal in its current incarnation would mean, in effect, paying off Iran to stop enriching uranium; delisting the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization and seeing their funding restored; looking the other way as Iran continues its clandestine nuclear activity; allowing the testing of missiles; giving Iran a pass on its human-rights abuses; and doing nothing to degrade Iran’s current nuclear capabilities.

Israel has stated publicly that this would be unacceptable to it. Israel has urged President Biden to carry on the tough sanctions regime imposed by President Trump. Iran has attempted to increase pressure on the Biden administration by warning the United States to quickly re-enter the agreement.

No Deal Is a Good Deal for Israel

Israel has not been standing idle. Today, the Israeli Defense Forces Twitter account relayed the remarks of Chief of the General Staff LTG Aviv Kohavi as he spoke live at the Institute for National Security Studies 14th Annual International Conference:

“If the 2015 nuclear deal had been implemented, Iran eventually would have been able to construct a bomb, because the agreement did not include restrictions and oversight to prevent it.

I would like to clarify my position regarding the JCPOA [the Iran nuclear deal]: Even if an improved agreement is reached, it will be a bad agreement at the operational and strategic level. Therefore, such an agreement must not be enabled.

I have instructed the IDF [Israeli Defence Forces] to prepare several operational plans in addition to existing ones, which we will develop throughout the coming year. The power to initiate them lies with the political echelon. However, the offensive options need to be prepared, ready and on the table.”

Very clearly, Israel is against the United States re-entering the Iran Nuclear Deal in its existing form. Perhaps anticipating that Biden would win the 2020 election, the Israeli military had begun planning for a strike some six months ago.