Israel’s former envoy to the UN, Danny Danon, told Iran International that he hoped Israel’s “powerful allies would support him” in a possible war with Iran.
Danon, who is now chairman of the global Likud, warned that Israel was prepared not to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. “We hope that Israel will not be the only ones to bear the burden of dealing with the threat from Iran,” he said, “but even if it were only us, we are ready and determined”.
Danon pointed to recent reports that the Islamic Republic had an extensive network of agents in Turkey. trying to kidnap and kill Israeli tourists.
“It’s unheard of that you have a regime that exports violence, and they do it publicly,” he said.
Danon, who served as Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations from 2015 to 2020, served as a Knesset member representing the right-wing Likud party and served as deputy defense minister.
In an interview with Iran International TV host Fardad Farahzad on June 15, Danon was asked if recent killings of individuals serving in the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and attributed to Israel will not provoke retaliation. Danon did not attempt to deny the possible Israeli role in the sensational events.
“According to reports, the people who were killed (in Iran) were not innocent. They were heavily involved in the destruction, fostering violence in the region. I cannot recognize who takes responsibility for eliminating these threats, but I can tell you that our world is much safer when they are not around us,” he said.
At least four officers and weapons experts serving with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) have been killed or died in mysterious circumstances in Iran since May 22. In some cases, the Islamic Republic has indirectly blamed Israel, while in other cases it has claimed the deaths were natural.
The dilemma facing Iranian security and military officials is that recognizing Israel’s ability to eliminate individuals on Iranian soil is extremely embarrassing for them after insisting for years that they are invincible and that they are in complete control of events not only inside the country but in the entire region.
The alleged Israeli operations against Iranian nuclear and military sites as well as the killing of key individuals began in July 2020, with several spectacular operations that blew up extremely well-defended sites and the Hollywood-style assassination of the top nuclear scientist Iranian.
Speaking about the deadlock in nuclear talks with Iran, the former UN envoy said it was a mistake for the United States to pull out of the 2015 nuclear deal, “but it will be a big mistake to rejoin the JCPOA, because basically, no matter what, the Iranians will pursue their nuclear ambitions, but they would have the legitimacy of democracies around the world to continue to do so.