Israel will not be a part of technique if US returns to nuclear deal | Benjamin Netanyahu Information
The US envoy says a return to the Iran deal could ban the future US-Israeli strategy for Tehran’s nuclear program.
Israel’s ambassador to the United States has suggested that his country would not speak to President Joe Biden about the strategy for Iran’s nuclear program if the US returned to the 2015 nuclear deal.
Biden has made a return to the deal, under which Tehran curtailed its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions easing, a priority. This is an important first step in reaching new agreements to strengthen and extend the restrictions on Iran’s nuclear ambitions.
Iran has refused to search for nuclear weapons.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has spoken out against a return to the deal, from which former President Donald Trump stepped down in 2018, and instead launched a sanctions campaign against Iran under “maximum pressure”.
While Israel was not a party to the 2015 deal, Ambassador Gilad Erdan told Israeli Army Radio on Tuesday that the government may not talk to the US about a strategy related to Iran’s nuclear program if the Biden government returns to the deal .
“We will not be able to be part of such a process when the new government returns to this deal,” Erdan said.
The statement comes because Israel has increasingly proposed that military action be taken against Tehran for its nuclear program. The November 2020 murder of an Iranian nuclear scientist, which Tehran blamed Israel for, has further exacerbated tensions.
“It seems that only crippling sanctions – keeping current sanctions and even adding new ones – coupled with a credible military threat that Iran fears – could lead Iran to real negotiations with Western countries that ultimately lead to an agreement that can really prevent it from breaking ahead [to nuclear arms]”Erdan said.
Biden said the US would only return to the 2015 nuclear deal if Iran first honors its obligations under the deal, which includes China, the European Union, France, Germany, Russia and the UK for the first time.
Tehran, which has begun storing and enriching uranium beyond the limits set in the agreement, said Washington must take the first step to lift the sanctions.
Iranian officials also warned that looming deadlines – including February 21st law requiring Tehran to tighten its nuclear stance if sanctions are not lifted – and elections in June could mean the window for the return to the agreement is concluded.
“All levers will be lost”
During Tuesday’s interview, Erdan said that if the US returns to the deal, “all leverage will be lost”.
“Essentially, the moment the sanctions are lifted, the Iranians will have no real incentive to negotiate and reach an agreement that is genuinely capable of excluding nuclear capabilities,” Erdan said.
In the meantime, Netanyahu, who is eligible for re-election next month, is at a difficult point.
He has revived the harsh rhetoric against Iran but has not yet had direct communication with Biden, which has led to speculation that the new administration is trying to signal a tougher line than during Trump’s presidency.
The Trump administration had close ties with Netanyahu and presented him with several political victories, including moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.
The White House has denied the delay is a nudge.