Netanyahu urged US to attack Iran after Trump election defeat – report

Former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged Donald Trump to launch a military strike against Iran after it was clear the former US president lost the 2020 election, according to a report on Thursday.

General Mark Milley, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, had fought to prevent Trump from ordering a strike against Iran as the president was surrounded by hawks, including Netanyahu, urging him to execute a strike against Iran. such strikes, according to a report released Thursday. by the New Yorker.

“If you do that, you’re going to have a fucking war,” Milley Trump reportedly warned.

Other foreign policy advisers, including then-vice president Mike Pence, were also reportedly pushing for military action against Iran, at a meeting Trump was not present at.

When Milley asked why they were so determined to attack Iran, Pence replied, “Because they are bad. “

Milley believed Trump didn’t want a war, but said he continued to push for a missile strike in response to Iranian provocations against U.S. interests in the region. The president ultimately succeeded in preventing such a strike at the end of Trump’s tenure.

United States Chief of Staff General Mark Milley testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee on the budget March 4, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo / Jacquelyn Martin)

Israel, under Netanyahu, had repeatedly warned that it could act independently against Iran to prevent it from obtaining nuclear weapons.

“We will not allow Iran to acquire nuclear weapons. It is impossible to go back to the previous nuclear deal. We must stick to an uncompromising policy to ensure that Iran does not develop nuclear weapons, ”Netanyahu said last November, referring to the 2015 nuclear deal with the world powers that Trump is supporting. is retired in 2018.

“The IDF will attack with force anyone who takes part, directly or indirectly, in activities against the State of Israel or against Israeli targets. I am saying this clearly and I am describing the situation as it is – the response and all the plans have been prepared and put into practice, ”Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi said in December. of the same year.

Netanyahu’s successor Naftali Bennett has taken an approach of increased dialogue with Joe Biden’s current US administration on the issue, though he too has reserved Israel’s right to take independent action.

Israel insists Iran still maintains its ambition to develop nuclear weapons, highlighting Tehran’s ballistic missile program and its research into other technologies. Iran has long maintained that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes.

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