The recent UN General Assembly speech by Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett was very different from those of his predecessor Benjamin Netanyahu who used to devote his entire UNGA speeches to the question of Iran’s nuclear weapons program. While Bennett spoke briefly about the Iranian nuclear weapons program was this not the sole topic in the speech. Gone was the Netanyahu era sense of desperation and instead was there a new Israeli confidence.
The Bennett speech is one of several indicators of the emerging shift of international paradigm on the Iranian nuclear weapons program. There is now an opportunity to set a new international agenda on Iran. The JCPOA era is effectively over as is the era of pretension of “moderation” by Hassan Rouhani and Mohammad Javad Zarif. No one can credibly claim that the Raisi administration is “moderate”.
Iran is the number one threat to international peace and security and the Khomeinist empire must be rolled back, imploded and dissolved. The UN Security Council is an important partner in this crucial effort in lending international legitimacy to the effort to bring down this morally corrupt totalitarian empire. There needs to be comprehensive international economic sanctions as imposed by the UN Security Council. The UNSC needs to impose a no-fly zone over Iran to aid regional revolts against the Islamist-Jihadist regime.
If Israel and the AANES (Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria) launch a joint offensive-defensive war in Lebanon-Syria in response to the massive Hezbollah missile barrage against Tel Aviv and other Israeli cities subsequent to Israel’s strategic degradation of Iran’s nuclear weapons program should the international community support redrawn international boundaries between Beirut, Jerusalem and Damascus after the war is concluded to permanently end Iran’s influence over the Levant as this will also demographically resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
There is also a need for new ideas to come up with new policies on Iraq and Yemen to disarm the IRGC-linked armed militias in those countries.