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Fmr. CIA Middle East chief: Israel ‘concerned’ Biden wants to re-enter Iran nuclear deal & remove sanctions

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Fox News and Washington Times contributor Daniel Hoffman joined “The Sara Carter Show” podcast on Thursday, where he and host Sara Carter discussed the incoming Biden administration, Israel, and the future of combatting Iran’s nuclear program.

The Israelis “don’t trust us,” the retired CIA Senior Clandestine Services Officer said, “at least they didn’t like the JCPOA very much,” referring to the controversial 2015 Iran nuclear deal that the United States withdrew from under President Donald Trump.

Hoffman then pointed out that a sizable amount of Democrats at the time opposed the JCPOA, such as Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who Hoffman said “spoke out eloquently against it.”

Hoffman agreed with the assessment that Israel was behind the recent assassination of Iran’s most senior nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, who was killed in a targeted strike last week. Fakhrizadeh, who was charged by the Iranian regime to lead their nuclear armament program, was a member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). The IRGC is a designated terrorist organization of the United States and Fakhrizadeh has long been a target of Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency.

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Hoffman noted that with the election of Joe Biden, Israel, which had a close relationship with the Trump administration, “is concerned that President-elect Biden wants to get back in that deal and eliminate the sanctions if Iran resumes compliance.”

Hoffman said “that’s not good enough.”

He added”Israel is going to continue to mount these operations,” referring to the possible assassination of Fakhrizadeh by the Mossad.

“Iran themselves may decide, ‘You know, why should we go back into a deal when Israel is continuing to strike us? This deal isn’t giving us any kind of deterrence or any kind of defense against attacks on our nuclear program,” he said.

Therefore, according to Hoffman, “Israel, rightly so, […] is exercising command and control over their own national security.”

When it comes to the potentiality for a some kind of new-and-improved nuclear deal, he felt that “there’s no way that the Biden administration would gain enough bipartisan support to make the deal a treaty, a binding treaty.”

“And I think that if President-elect Biden is serious about building consensus between Democrats and Republicans,” Hoffman added, “this isn’t the last thing he should be doing,” then going on to say that another major issue regarding Iran, aside from its nuclear program, is its sponsorship of terrorist groups in other countries.

Hoffman concluded that the incoming Biden administration could do well regarding its Iran policy, saying that “the Biden administration, I think, would do well, first, to get those intelligence briefings, first to get their team in, and think very carefully about what sort of policy they want for Iran.”

“Iran hasn’t won a lot of wars,” he continued, “but they’ve won a lot of negotiations.”

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Trump: Tanks to Ukraine could escalate to use of ‘NUKES’

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Former President Donald Trump stated bluntly on Truth Social,  “FIRST COME THE TANKS, THEN COME THE NUKES. Get this crazy war ended, NOW. So easy to do!”

Trump was referring to the escalation of war in Ukraine. He, like many other commentators and lawmakers, are warning that the decision to continue sending weapons – and now tanks – could potentially lead to the use of “nuclear weapons.”

It’s mission creep and it’s dangerous, they say.

Why? Because Russian President Valdimir Putin has indicated in two different speeches that he would use nuclear weapons to defend Russia, if needed. Those warnings are not just bluster but a very real possibility.

And the escalation of war is visible.

Russia launched 55 missiles strikes across Ukraine Thursday, leaving 11 dead. The strikes come one day after the United States and Germany agreed to send tanks to Ukraine in an effort to aide the country. 47 of the 55 missiles were shot down according to Ukraine’s Air Force command.

Eleven lives were lost and another 11 were injured additionally leaving 35 buildings damaged in the wake of the attacks. According to The New York Times, Denys Shmyhal, said in a post on Telegram. “The main goal is energy facilities, providing Ukrainians with light and heat,” he said.

Ukraine is now demanding that they need F-16 fighter jets. In a post on twitter Ukrainian lawmaker, Oleksiy Goncharenko said, “Missiles again over Ukraine. We need F16.”

The US has abstained from sending advanced jets in the chances that a volatile decision could foster more dangerous attacks like former President Trump’s post on Truth referred to. If the US did authorize the decision to lend Ukraine the F-16 jets Netherlands’ foreign minister, Wopke Hoekstra, would be willing to supply them. According to The New York Times, Hoekstra told Dutch lawmakers, “We are open-minded… There are no taboos.”

F-16 fighter jets are complex to work on, they are not the average aircraft that can be learned in a matter of weeks. It can take months for pilots to learn how to fly these birds. European and US officials have the concern that Ukrainian forces could potentially use the jets to fly into Russian airspace and launch attacks on Russian soil.

Western allies are trying to avoid such a provocation, because that could lead to nuclear warfare in reference to what Putin has said he would do to defend his country.

 

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