Iran’s days to set Middle East on fire are over – .

Iran’s days to set Middle East on fire are over – .

Iran can no longer continue its aggression with impunity, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett warned on Monday during a visit to the IDF’s northern command.

“Iran knows the price we demand from anyone who threatens our security,” he said. “The Iranians need to understand that they cannot sit peacefully in Tehran and set the whole Middle East on fire from there. It’s finish. “

The increase in the defense budget, as part of the state budget adopted by the cabinet on Sunday, reflects Israel’s seriousness in investing in the fight against the Iranian threat, the prime minister insisted.

PM NAFTALI BENNET at a situation assessment meeting with IDF Chief of Staff Lieutenant General. Aviv Kohavi and senior IDF officials on Israel’s northern border, August 3, 2021

Bennett’s remarks came days after Iran launched a suicide drone attack on one of the Mercer Street, a ship operated by Israel, killing a Romanian national and a British national. The US, UK and Romania said they were certain Iran was behind the attack and would work on a response.

The prime minister spoke of Israeli efforts to bring the international community to his side against Iran, including sharing intelligence showing that Iran was the perpetrator, but added that “at the same time, we know how to act on our own. “.

PM Naftali Bennet and the Commander of the Northern Command, Major-General. Amir Baram, at the northern border of Israel, August 3, 2021

Bennett also criticized the European Union for sending Enrique Mora, the EU coordinator in the Iranian nuclear talks and deputy secretary general of the European External Action Services, the EU Foreign Office, to assist at the inauguration of new Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi this week.

“Raisi is the most extreme Iranian president so far, and it’s tough competition,” Bennett said. “I call on the European Union: we cannot talk about human rights while honoring a murderer, an executioner, who has killed hundreds of dissidents.

The new Iranian president has been dubbed “the Butcher of Tehran” because of the former judge’s role in the execution of thousands of Iranian dissidents, which has earned him US sanctions for human rights violations and war crimes in Sweden.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Lior Haiat said that “the decision of the European Union to send a high representative to the swearing-in ceremony of the ‘butcher of Tehran’ is puzzling and testifies to a lack of judgment ”.

Calling the attack on the Mercer Street a state-sponsored act of terror, Haiat said the EU’s involvement in Raisi’s swearing-in “gives legitimacy to the Iranian attack and the ayatollah government’s policy of aggression.”

Former EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini attended the inauguration of outgoing Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

However, the current ceremony takes place after an almost two-month hiatus in indirect negotiations between Iran and the United States to revert to the 2015 nuclear deal.

Part of Mora’s visit to Iran aims to break the deadlock and restart talks, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The EU also condemned the attack on the Mercer Street Monday evening, but did not mention Iran in his statement, saying only that he “takes note” of the assessment of the United States, the United Kingdom and Israel and that the attack is “unacceptable “.


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