Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to the United States is aimed at seeking new weaponry from Washington in order to target Iran’s nuclear sites, according to American author Ralph Schoenman.
“It’s been widely reported that the visit of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to meet with President Barack Obama in the United States has ominous intent,” Schoenman told Press TV on Tuesday.
“The reports demonstrate that Israelis intend to seek an increase in military aid from 3 billion to 5 billion dollars a year for a decade, and more ominously than that is the intent to seek new weaponry from the United States, including particular types of missiles that will provide them with a way to strike Iran,” he added.
“Sometime in the following two years” of the 2016 US presidential elections, Israel wants to use the weapons it will receive from the US to target the nuclear “sites where Iran is developing nuclear capacities for peaceful usage,” he noted.
“Israelis will use these new weapons to destroy those sites and that is in fact what the increase in not just the quantity of the aid but the content of the aid with the missiles that they are describing are coming into play,” Schoenman said.
“This is a very ominous scenario and it’s been discussed in many quarters.”
At the meeting with Netanyahu on Monday, Obama said that it was “no secret” that he has a “strong disagreement” with the Israeli premier in regard to the nuclear accord between Iran and the world powers, rehashing his rhetoric by stressing that the two leaders agree they should make sure Iran does not get its hands on nukes.
“It’s no secret that the prime minister and I have had a strong disagreement,” the US president said, adding, he was “looking to find common ground” with the Israeli premier.
In mid-June, Tehran reached a nuclear agreement with the countries that also included the United States.
Tel Aviv has falsely been claiming that Iran is pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program, an allegation that has always been rejected by Tehran.
Netanyahu has outspokenly slammed the nuclear deal, calling it a “threat” to the US and Israel.