A day after the Iran nuclear deal, Israel’s intelligence chiefs warned that the country would be a “burden on Israel” if the agreement is not implemented.
In an interview with Israeli Channel 10, Intelligence Minister Yair Lapid said Iran’s nuclear program is a major threat to Israel and that the Islamic Republic is “a very, very dangerous country.”
He said that Iran’s “reactionary behavior” in the region is “unacceptable” and that it will not abide by the agreement.
“We know that the Iranians are not going to sit down and negotiate.
They will never sit down to negotiate.
We will know when it is time for us to retaliate, when they have violated the agreement, when we will respond,” Lapid told Channel 10.”
The Iranian regime has demonstrated a total disregard for the agreements it has signed with the West and for Israel,” he said.”
They will be a huge burden on the country.”
A day earlier, the Israeli cabinet approved the military construction plans for a new military compound near the West Bank city of Jericho.
The project will be built on a 1.4-acre site and will cost about $200 million, according to Israel’s Channel 2 news agency.
The new compound, which is being built on privately owned land, will be the first major Israeli military base on the West bank and will be located in the central city of Hebron, near the site of the first Palestinian outpost in the West.
According to Channel 2, the new construction will be completed by the end of 2020.
The prime minister’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The deal has also spurred a wave of new construction in the country’s West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
Construction on a second Israeli military site, in the northern city of Ramallah, is scheduled to begin in 2021.
Construction has already begun on the third new Israeli military outpost, which will be near the southern city of Beit Hanoun.
The construction comes amid mounting concerns in the United States that Iran will not comply with the nuclear agreement and will use its military to further its nuclear ambitions.
Last month, President Donald Trump ordered the U.S. to increase its military presence in the Middle East, where Tehran has amassed thousands of troops.
The military has been accused of using its military and economic clout to advance its nuclear program.