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Netanyahu: Blinking on Iran nuclear deal ‘big mistake’

Leader of the Opposition MK Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken was wrong to support the revival of the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, warning that the terms of the refreshed deal would leave Tehran a world with nuclear weapons. would put it at risk.

“I completely disagree with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken,” Netanyahu said in a video on Sunday expressing his respect for America’s top diplomat.

“I think he’s making a big mistake,” he said.

“Without a nuclear deal, Iran is a poor country, an isolated country, a country with no international legitimacy and no exemption from the military option,” Netanyahu said.

Conversely, he continued, with the nuclear deal, Iran “becomes a prosperous country with hundreds of billions of dollars, which they will use for terror and aggression, a country that breaks international isolation and is immune from military action.” receives.”

Netanyahu said the deal would not prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons or the means to deliver them to the US and Europe, claiming that the terms of the deal would allow Iran to continue to develop ballistic missile systems.

He urged the government to oppose this agreement.

Blinken met with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett earlier in the day, who expressed his concern over the deal, which diplomats have said is close to finalization.

In a joint news conference after their meeting, Blinken said that there is “no daylight” between the US and Israel in efforts to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, as well as to counter its threats to the region. “.

He said the US would maintain that stance regardless of whether a new nuclear deal for Iran had been reached.

“Deal or not, we will continue to work closely with other partners to counter Iran’s destabilizing behavior in the region,” he said.

Earlier in a meeting with Secretary of State Yair Lapid, Blinken said the US and Israel “look eye-to-eye” on Iran despite disagreements over the nuclear deal.

The so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action offered heavy sanctions relief in exchange for sanctions on its nuclear program to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, a goal that Tehran denies. In 2018, the Trump administration pulled the US out of the deal and reimposed sanctions. Iran has responded by abandoning many of its commitments and intensifying its nuclear program.

European-sponsored talks in Vienna aim to bring the US back into the deal and see Iran renegotiate its terms in exchange for lifted sanctions.

Before the 2015 JCPOA, signed under then-US President Barack Obama, then-Prime Minister Netanyahu launched a very public campaign against the agreement, asking the US Congress to oppose the deal, despite Obama’s support. gave an address for The deal was eventually signed, and Netanyahu’s speech was seen as further breaching relations between Israel and that administration, as well as the Democratic Party.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett (right) with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken at the Prime Minister’s Office on March 27, 2021 in Jerusalem. (Coby Gideon/GPO)

Last week, Bennett said he had no intention of causing a public rift with the United States over a renewed nuclear deal with Iran, adding that he believed Washington would sign it no matter what. .

According to Army Radio, Bennett told cabinet ministers privately that Israel had to choose its battle with the US carefully, and that Washington is currently asking Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), a terrorist group, as part of talks. As was concentrating on preventing removal.

Later on Sunday, Blinken was set to attend the Negev summit, a gathering of four foreign ministers from Arab states in southern Israel hosted by Lapid. The ministers were to discuss regional security issues, with Iran expected to be at the top of the agenda.

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