A lifting of sanctions on Iran will result in the flooding of the Islamic Republic with billions of dollars, which will go to buying “more rockets, more UAVs, more terrorist cells, more cyber attacks and malign activities,” warned Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Tuesday.

Speaking during a conference at the Institute for National Security Study conference, Bennett said such weapons would not only be used against Israel but “also against our American allies in the region and other allies.”

Addressing the ongoing nuclear talks in Vienna between Tehran and world powers, Bennett said: “We are following the nuclear talks in Vienna, and we hope that they conclude without an agreement. But even with an agreement, our assessment is that the Iranians will continue to be Iranians. We already see it now.

“While Iranian foreign ministry officials are negotiating in Vienna with the superpowers, the [Islamic] Revolutionary Guard [Corps] is behaving like the neighborhood bully and attacking the UAE and other places. This is the definition of negotiation under fire. This is blackmail.”

Bennett added that “the campaign to weaken Iran has begun. This campaign is being conducted in multiple fields: nuclear, economic, cyber, overt and covert operations—both by ourselves and in collaboration with others.”


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