Barry Shaw

Iran has enriched uranium for 5 nuclear bombs

“Iran has enriched uranium for 5 nuclear bombs,” Israeli Defense Minister said in Athens.

During a visit to Athens, Israeli Defense Minister, Yoav Gallant, warned that Iran has enriched enough uranium for five nuclear bombs, and that the Islamic Republic intends to continue their enrichment process.

“Make no mistake, Iran will not be satisfied by a single nuclear bomb. So far, Iran has gained material enriched to 20% and 60% for five nuclear bombs. Iranian progress and enrichment to 90% would be a grave mistake on Iran’s part and could ignite the region,” Gallant said to his Greek counterpart, Defense Minister Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos, at the Hellenic Ministry of Defense.

Gallant praised the bilateral ties between Israel and Greece in which cooperation between the Israeli Mossad and the Greek EYP intelligence service brought about the arrest of two Pakistani terror agents, operated by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, who were about to attack the Jewish Chabad Center in Athens.

Gallant said that the recent arrest in Greece of the two terrorists sent by Iran is significant. “This is not the only attack that was prevented. In fact, Iran has launched a global terror campaign, under the direct command of its leader, President Raisi.”

Iran poses a threat not only to Israel, but also to other countries in the region. Tehran has also targeted Israelis in Bulgaria, Greece’s neighbor to the north. Iran’s actions show it does not respect the borders of countries and that it is willing to violate basic principles of international law to achieve its nefarious designs.

Israeli defense companies have done important work with their Greek colleagues in recent years. Rafael, for instance, recently concluded a deal to sell its Spike anti-tank missiles to Greece, which is also acquiring drones as part of that deal. Athens also signed a deal several years ago to lease IAI drones.

Taken together, the overall trend is toward an unprecedented level of cooperation between Jerusalem and Athens.

Israel, Greece, and Cyprus have become key strategic partners in recent years, cooperating closely on such areas as trade, energy, and defense and security. This new partnership is also part of a broader series of relationships in which Greece and Cyprus work with members of NATO and also with other countries such as Egypt, the UAE and India – which are close partners of Israel.

Israel, Greece, and Cyprus, together with Jordan, Egypt, Italy and France, are also members of the Cairo-based East Mediterranean Gas Forum.

Barry Shaw,

International Public Diplomacy Director,

Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.

About the Author
Barry Shaw is the Senior Associate for Public Diplomacy at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies. He is also the author of ‘Fighting Hamas, BDS and Anti-Semitism,' '1917. From Palestine to the Land of Israel, 'BDS for IDIOTS,' and his latest work 'A Tale of Love and Destiny,' the dramatic life of a Jewish heroine.