Following Urgent Cabinet Meeting, Netanyahu to Reveal 'New Intel on Iran' Tonight

Assessment is that Netanyahu will reveal documents on Iran's nuclear program ■ Ahead of speech, Iran calls Netanyahu 'the boy who can't stop crying wolf' ■ Israeli security cabinet discusses 'developments' on Iran deal hours after Syria strike

Noa Landau
Noa Landau
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures as he addresses a health conference in Tel Aviv, Israel, March 27, 2018. REUTERS/Amir Cohen
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures as he addresses a health conference in Tel Aviv, Israel, March 27, 2018. REUTERS/Amir CohenCredit: \ AMIR COHEN/ REUTERS
Noa Landau
Noa Landau

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will issue a statement Monday at 8 PM on a significant development regarding the nuclear agreement with Iran. According to assessments, he will present documents revealing how Iran allegedly cheated the world regarding its nuclear program.

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The security cabinet convened on Monday following the airstrike in Syria Sunday night. The session was unscheduled, and ministers were told that it would focus on "developments" regarding the Iran nuclear deal.

Netanyahu later said he will give a speech tonight to reveal "new intelligence information on Iran," information that was collected by the Mossad and that he shared with U.S. President Donald Trump.

Trump spoke with Netanyahu over the phone on Sunday to discuss the current situation in the Middle East, the White House said. The readout of their phone conversation stated that they "discussed the continuing threats and challenges facing the Middle East region, especially the problems posed by the Iranian regime’s destabilizing activities."

In a rare move, Netanyahu called the heads of Israel's two news broadcasts and updated them with the content of his planned statement.

Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif poked fun at Netanyahu ahead of the speech, calling him the "the boy who can't stop crying wolf" in a tweet.

Ahead of speech, Iran calls Netanyahu 'the boy who can't stop crying wolf'

The security cabinet meeting comes hours after several military targets were struck in Syria overnight in an attack that government-affiliated media reports in Syria attributed to Israel. Other Syrian reports said the attack was carried out by missiles launched by the United States and Britain.

>> Israel told U.S. and Russia it will retaliate if Iran attacks from SyriaWhat happens if Trump pulls out of the Iran nuclear deal?Strike likely targeted surface-to-surface missiles Iran seeks to deploy in Syria

According to several Syrian media outlets, the strikes targeted the 47th Brigade base in the southern Hama district, a military facility in northwestern Hama, and a facility north of the Aleppo International Airport. The strike reportedly targeted an arms depot of missiles.

Over the last several weeks, a row of diplomats and intelligence community members from countries involved in the deal have visited Israel, as U.S. President Donald Trump's May 12 ultimatum for deal draws near.

Visiting in Israel Sunday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States will cancel the Iran nuclear deal if it is not fixed. Pompeo made the statement following a meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, which took place at the Israeli military's headquarters in Tel Aviv, Pompeo said the U.S. stands with Israel against Iran. "We remain deeply concerned about Iran's dangerous escalation of threats toward Israel and the region," Pompeo said, adding that the U.S. supports Israel's right to defend itself.

Before the meeting, Netanyahu spoke to Trump on the phone. According to the White House readout, the conversation addressed "the continuing threats and challenges facing the Middle East region, especially the problems posed by the Iranian regime’s destabilizing activities."

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