The Israelis and the Mossad have pulled of an incredible intelligence coup against Iran. They basically stole the biggest secrets of Iran right out from under their noses. It may very well hit the fan now.
In a question and answer period at the White House Rose Garden with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, Trump said he’ll make a decision “on or before” May 12.
“That doesn’t mean I won’t negotiate a new agreement,” the president said, adding that “we’ll see what happens.”
Netanyahu’s statement also came on the heels of a missile attack in northern Syria that killed nearly 26-pro-government fighters, mostly Iranians, according to a Syria war monitoring group. Israel had no comment on the strike, but there was widespread speculation that Israel was responsible. Tehran has sent thousands of Iran-backed fighters to help President Bashar Assad’s forces in Syria’s seven-year civil war.
Israel and Iran are arch-enemies, and Israel has said repeatedly it would not allow Iran to establish a permanent military presence in Syria. Iran has already accused Israel of carrying out another airstrike in Syria this month that killed seven Iranian military advisers and vowed revenge.
Pompeo on Sunday ratcheted up the Trump administration’s rhetoric against Iran and offered warm support to Israel, and Saudi Arabia, in the standoff with Tehran.
“The United States is with Israel in this fight,” Pompeo said.
The 2015 nuke deal gave Iran relief from crippling sanctions in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program.
Netanyahu has been a leading critic of the agreement, saying it fails to prevent Iran from gaining nuclear weapons capability and welcoming Trump’s pledges to withdraw from the deal if it is not changed.
“The nuclear deal gives Iran a clear path to producing an atomic arsenal,” he said Monday.
On Monday, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the time when Iran’s enemies can “hit and run” is over.
“They know if they enter military conflict with Iran, they will be hit multiple times,” he said, according to his website. He did not specifically refer to the latest attack in Syria.
Michael Oren, a senior Israeli official, had no comment on the airstrike in Syria, but warned both Syria and Iran against trying to attack.
“If someone shoots at us, we shoot back and we will shoot back either at the Syrian army or the Iranians, at the origin of the aggression,” Oren said.
The Knesset — the Israeli Parliament — voted after Netanyahu’s speech on Monday in favor of a bill that would allow the prime minister to declare war with only the defense minister’s approval, in extreme situations. A declaration of war could only previously be ordered by the security cabinet.
Netanyahu spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron Monday night.
The prime minister said he’d send representatives to Germany and France soon to show them the information that was presented Monday. He said he also plans to speak with leaders in China and the U.K.
The prime minister and Putin also spoke about the recent events in Syria and agreed to meet “very soon.”