Israel declares its position on any possible US nuclear agreement with Iran


Israel said that any possible US agreement with Tehran on Iran’s nuclear program won’t be binding on.

This came in a call made by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Thursday, amid Israeli estimates of the possibility of Washington returning to an agreement with Tehran.

“The two discussed the Iranian issue at length, and the prime minister renewed his firm position that returning to the nuclear agreement with Iran will not stop its nuclear program,” Netanyahu’s office said in a statement Thursday.

Netanyahu also stated, according to the statement that any settlement with Iran will not oblige Israel, which in turn will do everything to defend itself.

On Wednesday, Haaretz newspaper reported Israeli estimates that Washington was close to concluding an agreement with Tehran, which wasn’t confirmed by the United States or Iran.

Over the past years, Israel has threatened that it will not allow Iran to acquire nuclear weapons, even if it moves militarily unilaterally.

During the call, the statement said Netanyahu expressed his appreciation for the military and intelligence cooperation between Israel and the United States, which has reached an all-time peak.

He added, “The two sides discussed the challenges and opportunities in the region, and Netanyahu expressed his appreciation for the talks between the two countries’ teams on close bilateral cooperation, and he also suggested strengthening cooperation between them in the field of artificial intelligence”.

On the other hand, the US statement issued regarding the phone call, at dawn on Friday, didn’t include any indication of a possible agreement between the two parties.

US State Department spokesman Matthew Miller said in a statement: “Secretary Blinken spoke with Netanyahu to discuss issues of common interest, including expanding and deepening Israel’s integration into the Middle East through normalization with the countries of the region”.

This call came after Blinken concluded a visit to Saudi Arabia that he made on Tuesday evening and lasted for 3 days.

Blinken didn’t hide, during a press conference he held during his visit to Saudi Arabia, “his country’s efforts for peace between Israel and Saudi Arabia”.

Miller added, “Blinken indicated the need to respect the commitments made at the two regional meetings in Aqaba and Sharm al Sheikh, to avoid actions that undermine the possibility of reaching a two-state solution”.

Miller continued: “The call discussed broader regional challenges, such as the threats posed by Iran, and stressed the United States’ unwavering commitment to Israel’s security and to the partnership that extends over 75 years”.

The past weeks witnessed a movement by Israeli officials towards Washington, which the media said focused on “the Iranian issue and peace between Israel and Saudi Arabia”.

Saudi Arabia doesn’t establish any relations with Israel, as it usually asserts that it refuses to normalize relations before resolving the Palestinian issue.

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