Former Israeli defense chief Avigdor Liberman on Wednesday warned that Tehran’s threat of withdrawal from parts of the international nuclear deal means Israel should prepare for a direct Iranian attack.

“The ultimatum posed by Iran poses an immediate and tangible danger to the security interests of Israel and the countries of the free world, and should not be seen only as a power struggle between Iran and the US,” Liberman, who is chairman of the right-wing Yisrael Beiteinu party, said in a tweet.

During his tenure as defense minister, Liberman railed against Iran’s continued entrenchment in Syria, repeatedly defending Israel’s right to carry out strikes on Syrian soil to stem the growing hostile Iranian presence on its borders.

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