As the date for the resumption of nuclear talks between Iran and the remaining countries in the nuclear agreement approaches, with the indirect participation of the American delegation in Vienna, Israeli officials urged the White House not to conclude a partial nuclear agreement with the Iranian authorities, warning that it would be a gift to the new hard-line government.
The Israelis, according to what The Wall Street Journal reported today, Thursday, expressed their fear that the administration of US President Joe Biden would pave the way for a “less demanding” agreement that would offer Tehran partial sanctions relief in exchange for freezing or canceling parts of its nuclear activities.
‘gift for my boss’
In addition, they emphasized that such an incomplete agreement might constitute a “gift” for the hardline government of Ibrahim Raisi.
A senior Israeli official told the newspaper that his country was very concerned about the United States paving the way for a “less demanding” agreement, or in other words an agreement that might include concessions by the Biden administration.
He also added that “such an agreement would be harmful and would only benefit the Iranian regime… Rather, it would be a huge gift to the new radical government that is strongly loyal to the Revolutionary Guards.”
Iran nuclear expression
It is noteworthy that Israel, which views a nuclear-armed Iran as an existential threat to it, had previously strongly opposed the conclusion of the 2015 nuclear deal, saying that the temporary restrictions it imposed on Tehran’s nuclear activities did not prevent it over the past years from pursuing its long path toward production of nuclear weapons.
However, the government of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, in an unprecedented manner, during the past weeks, escalated its warnings, hinting that it might act militarily against Iran’s nuclear activities.
The government also announced that it had allocated an additional $1.4 billion from its budget to counter the Iranian threat.