Netanyahu Faces Biden For The First Time As The United States Returns To Its Nuclear Deal With Iran

2021-02-19   |   by CusiGO

Hours after receiving the first call from the new US president on Wednesday night, Benjamin Netanyahu found that the democratic government was ready to resume negotiations on a nuclear deal with Iran, which Washington severed in 2018. For more than a decade, the Israeli Prime Minister has been warning that Iran’s atomic energy program poses a threat to the survival of the Jewish state. For the first time, he has stood up against Joe Biden. “Our position on the nuclear agreement has not changed, and we are still ready to prevent Iran from supplying itself with nuclear weapons,” the head of the Israeli government warned in a statement on Friday. “We believe that going back to the old agreement will pave the way for the establishment of a nuclear arsenal in Tehran.”

The White House has been waiting for a phone call in Jerusalem for nearly a month, making the press excited about the special relationship between the two countries. But the news had chaotic consequences. Although the prime minister’s cabinet itself admitted to “maintaining close ties with the United States on this issue,” and the Biden administration also said that Israel had been warned before the change in its policy toward Iran, Netanyahu’s words made it clear that it was uneasy about the foreseeable outcome. After Donald Trump, the Republican administration, broke the nuclear deal, the White House resumed sanctions against the Iranian regime, which were lifted by the signing of the jcpoa in 2015.

Antony Blinken, US Secretary of state, told his counterparts in the UK, France and Germany on Thursday night that if Iran returns to strictly abide by its commitments to major powers, including Russia and China, “the United States will do the same and is ready to discuss with Iran.”.

Just this Friday, after the Israeli Prime Minister expressed dissatisfaction with Biden’s change, The U.S. State Department said Washington was also ready to “accept the invitation of the EU high representative to attend the [big power] meeting with Iran on its nuclear program.”. Since Friday afternoon, Israel has been strictly silent on the holy Sabbath.

Gilad Erdan, Israel’s ambassador to the United States, said earlier on Tuesday that Israel would not support a restart of the nuclear deal. From 2009 to 2020, Netanyahu government minister Erdan stressed that Israel advocates “paralyzing sanctions” and “credible military threat” against Tehran to curb the development of its nuclear program. “If the United States goes back to the same agreement it withdrew from, it will lose all the pressure,” predicted the Israeli right-wing hawk, who has not concealed his ambition to succeed Netanyahu in the past.