The former head of the Mossad spy agency said Thursday that the option of an Israeli military strike on Iran’s nuclear sites must be seriously considered, days before nuclear talks renew between Tehran and Western powers.

“Independent strikes on nuclear sites, if Iran takes this path that endangers our existence, should and must be on the table — unequivocally,” Yossi Cohen told the Ynet news site.

“A good deal could prevent Iran from reaching a bomb, and a bad agreement like the one signed in the past can’t do it perfectly,” Cohen said, as European-sponsored talks to attempt to sign a new deal with Tehran following the weakening of the previous 2015 accord are scheduled to restart on Monday.

“The bottom line is that we must take away the capabilities from Iran because we will not be able to take away its motivations,” Cohen added.

MK Ram Ben-Barak, a former deputy head of the spy agency and currently the chairman of the Knesset’s powerful Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, said Friday that if world powers agree on a deal similar to the 2015 accord, it would not prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear threshold state.

“This is unacceptable for Israel. We are warning the Americans against this and telling them that we will not put up with it,” Ben-Barak told Army Radio. READ MORE

Ex-Mossad chief says Israeli strikes on Iran nuclear sites ‘must be on the table’

Josh Toupos

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