Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Netanyahu opposes returning to the Iran nuclear deal


Netanyahu strongly opposes the Iran nuclear deal (Getty)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced today, Tuesday, his opposition to the US administration’s return to the nuclear agreement it concluded in 2015 with Iran, from which the administration of former President Donald Trump withdrew in 2018.

“We do not place our hopes on any agreement with an extremist regime like Iran,” Netanyahu said, according to a press statement, adding, “With or without an agreement, everything will be done so that Iran does not arm itself with nuclear weapons.”

He continued, addressing the Iranian leadership, “We will not allow your extremist and aggressive regime to possess nuclear weapons.”

And he continued, “We do not count on any agreement with an extremist regime like yours, and we have already seen the usefulness of the agreements concluded with extremist regimes like yours over the past century and the current one as well.”

And Netanyahu added, “Regardless of whether there is an agreement or not, we will do everything in our power to prevent the supply of nuclear weapons to you.”

Hardline policy
In the context, the Israeli Broadcasting Corporation said today, Tuesday, that Israel wants to follow a hard-line policy towards the administration of US President Joe Biden on the Iranian file.

She indicated that Netanyahu held, on Monday, a session of consultations to discuss the possibility of resuming negotiations between the United States and Iran on the nuclear file.

It quoted Israeli sources, whose name was not specified, as saying that “Israel wants to pursue a hard-line policy towards the Biden administration.”

Quoting the same sources, she said, “The question that was raised on the discussion agenda is: Should Israel support or oppose the American position on renewing the agreement in two stages? The first is to return to the nuclear agreement, and then seek to include Iran’s ballistic missile project in the agreement.” .

She added, “Defense and Foreign Minister Benny Gantz and Gabi Ashkenazi support taking a moderate position on this issue, and initiating a dialogue with the White House in this regard, and the IDF Chief of Staff, Aviv Kochavi, also shares the same opinion.”

The Israeli Broadcasting Corporation pointed out that “Israel has intensified, in recent weeks, its pressure on the European countries that signed the nuclear agreement, in an attempt to prevent a return to the old agreement.”

She said, “Israel tried to persuade France, Britain and Germany to add clauses to any agreement that might be signed with Tehran, if negotiations were to resume in this file.”

She added, “It is believed in Israel that Europe is not satisfied with Iran’s recent actions, and that is why it sees an opportunity to influence the relevant countries.”

Israel had strongly opposed the agreement that the administration of former US President Barack Obama and major countries reached with Iran regarding its nuclear program in 2015.

At that time, Israel waged a major international media campaign against the agreement, which culminated in Netanyahu’s speech before Congress, which strained his relationship with the Obama administration.

Last Friday, Israel objected to Washington’s intention to return to the 2015 nuclear deal.

In a statement, Netanyahu’s office said that his government adheres to “its commitment to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, and its position on the nuclear agreement (of 2015) has not changed.”

This Israeli position came after Washington officially informed the UN Security Council, last Thursday, of canceling the sanctions imposed by Trump on Iran, known as “Snapback”.

(Anatolia)





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