And Channel 12 on Israeli television said that Chief of Staff General Aviv Kohavi had ordered the allocation of a budget for exercises simulating an attack on Iran, after a two-year hiatus.
It added that Kohavi ordered the Israeli Air Force to train extensively to simulate a strike targeting Iran’s nuclear facilities.
According to the report, the orders were issued during a meeting Kochavi held in his office in recent days.
The media report did not refer to a specific source, and there was no comment from the Israeli army.
And Israeli media reported earlier that the Israeli government plans to allocate $ 1.5 billion for a possible attack on Iran.
Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz defended the increase in the army’s budget, stressing that the funds allocated to the army are necessary in order to prepare for an imminent attack on Iranian nuclear sites.
Meanwhile, Israeli Finance Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that confrontation with Iran is a matter of time, expressing his belief that diplomacy will not stop Tehran’s nuclear program.
Last August, General Kohavi stated that the army was preparing “practical plans” for a military strike against Tehran, especially with the acceleration of progress in Iran’s nuclear program.
In another context related to the nuclear program, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi, stressed that the next few weeks will be “decisive” in determining whether the United States and Iran can return to indirect negotiations for the 2015 nuclear agreement.
Grossi said in an interview with the American newspaper “Washington Post” that all the other parties involved in the agreement, namely the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China, and the European Union, which plays a coordinating role, assured him that if the monitoring system is not fully restored, “it will be difficult It’s very hard to get an agreement like that.”
Many expected the nuclear agreement to come back to life with President Joe Biden taking over the reins of government in the United States last January, especially with Biden stressing his desire to return to the agreement.
But that did not happen in the past months, especially with the acceleration of Iran’s steps towards acquiring a nuclear weapon, amid an estimate that the time separating Tehran from the weapon of mass destruction is no more than months.
The Biden administration has been talking about the running out of chance to revive the nuclear deal.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said that if Iran did not change course, the United States was prepared to “turn to other options”.