Prime Minister Naftali Bennett promised to work with the United States on a scheme to block Iran from advancing its nuclear program, as he departs for talks with US President Joe Biden and other senior administration officials in Washington on Tuesday.
However, his first official overseas trip will be delayed by El-Al protesters. Bennett pointing to the new governments in Israel and the USA, that they are bringing a new spirit of cooperation with them.
He has no doubt that this new spirit of cooperation has contributed, and will continue to contribute, to the security of Israel in the Mideast?
Bennett said that the main focus of his meetings will be Iran’s nuclear program, particularly to destroy the advances made in the last years.
The premier added he and Biden — who he hailed as a “true friend” of Israel — will also discuss several initiatives that will help Israel maintain its qualitative military edge, along with trade, technological innovation, and the Covid-19 pandemic.
While the White House said that talks with Bennett would include discussions regarding the Palestinians, Israeli officials have made no mention of that aspect of the planned meeting, instead playing up the Iranian issue.
Bennett has long publicly opposed the Biden administration’s stated plan to reenter the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which former US president Donald Trump pulled out of in 2018.
Western powers — with the USA participating indirectly — held months of negotiations with Iran in Vienna earlier this year, but talks stalled ahead of the installation of hardliner Ebrahim Raisi as Iran’s president earlier this month.
Bennett will argue that Iran’s nuclear program has advanced too far for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) to have any relevance in 2021.
Though it might plug some holes on the enrichment side, the deal gives the Islamic Republic too much in return, the official maintained. We inherited an Iran that is working extremely aggressively and is empowering opposition forces in the region.
No major concessions to the Palestinians are expected to be announced during the trip.
Times of Israel / ABC Flash-Point WW III News 2021.