Yaalon Warns Sunni States Pursuing Nuclear Arms

YERUSHALAYIM -

The long-dreaded nuclear arms race in the Middle East has begun in earnest, according to Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon on Tuesday.

Speaking after a meeting with Jordan’s King Abdullah, Yaalon revealed that “We see signs that countries in the Arab world are preparing to acquire nuclear weapons, that they are not willing to sit quietly with Iran on the brink of a nuclear or atomic bomb.”

He declined to name the countries or what specific evidence Israel had concerning their nuclear programs.

The Sunni Arab world has long feared the specter of a nuclear-capable Iran, and now that the Iran deal effectively permits the Islamic Republic to resume its atomic program with no limits after 15 years, many of Iran’s Arab opponents have been left scrambling for an alternative to contain Iran’s expanding influence across the Middle East.