'Iran right now does not prefer war, and it feels inferior' militarily, the expert says
Meir Javedanfar, an Iran expert and Reichman University lecturer, spoke with i24NEWS on Wednesday to discuss recent developments regarding Iran’s nuclear program.
Iran recently resumed operations at the country’s Karaj-based nuclear facility, after alleging Israel attacked the site in June.
“I think this is Ayatollah Khamenei’s way of telling Israel, or whoever was behind this attack, that the more you attack me, the more I will build,” Javedanfar explained to i24NEWS.
He said Tehran was attempting to send a message by resuming work at the site: “The more secret military operations that are launched against Iran’s nuclear program, the more we will go forward.”
The expert explained Iran is expected to proceed in this fashion because the state is unable to retaliate directly against alleged attackers without leading to all-out war.
“Iran right now does not prefer war, and it feels inferior” in terms of the nation’s military capabilities, Javedanfar detailed.
He anticipated Iran will instead focus on further developments of its nuclear program when struck to dissuade attackers in the future.
Javedanfar was also asked about the role the United States will play in the upcoming Iran nuclear talks.
“I think it’s a mistake that Prime Minister Naftali Bennett did not meet with Robert Malley,” the lecturer said, referring to Bennett’s recent absence at a meeting in Israel with the US special representative for Iran.
While Javedanfar explained Israel has a “good understanding” with the US, “overall we have to wait and see what happens in the coming months.”