The Israeli military has said it will not attack Iran’s nuclear facilities because Israel does not consider it a threat to its existence.

Speaking to Israel’s Channel 2 news, Maj. Gen. Benny Gantz, head of the Military Intelligence, told the news channel that “Israel does not intend to harm Iran’s capacity to produce nuclear weapons”.

He added that Israel does have nuclear weapons but its aim is not to attack Iran but to protect Israel’s interests in the region and ensure its existence.

“However, the Israeli military is also “not a threat” to Iran’s existence, he added.

Israel is currently engaged in a conflict with Iran over the disputed city of Qom, which is believed to be the country’s only uranium enrichment facility.

Israel says it has no intention of attacking Iran’s facilities.

Last week, the Iranian Foreign Minister said he was ready to discuss a deal with Israel.

On Friday, Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon told Channel 2’s “Sharon” programme that he was “not sure” whether Israel would attack Iran.

The Iranian minister, however, insisted that the issue of Iran’s enrichment facilities was “the most important” issue.

Earlier this week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the two countries should discuss a “mutual understanding” on the nuclear issue.

He added, however that he would not make any announcements on the issue at this stage.

Netanyahu said on Friday that he “will not say anything”, according to a statement.