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Confrontation with Iran is 'a matter of time', Israel's Lieberman says

Israeli Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman in Jerusalem 12 October 2021 [Amir Levy/Getty Images]
Israeli Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman in Jerusalem 12 October 2021 [Amir Levy/Getty Images]

Israel's Finance Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Tuesday that "conflict" was the only way to stop Iran from reaching nuclear capability, claiming that "a confrontation with Iran is only a matter of time, and not a lot of time."

Speaking to the Walla news site, Lieberman said "no diplomatic process or agreement will stop Iran's nuclear programme", despite efforts to resume talks between Tehran and world powers over the 2015 nuclear deal.

Earlier on Monday, the Times of Israel reported that Israel plans to allocate five billion ($1.5 billion) for purchasing various types of manned aircraft, intelligence-gathering drones and unique armaments needed for attacking Iran. They would be used to target heavily fortified underground sites.

A report by the military correspondent of Israeli Channel 12, Nir Dvori, said the Israeli Air Force has resumed training to launch a military strike on Iran, for the first time in two years, under the guidance of the Chief of Staff of the Israeli Army, Aviv Kohavi.

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