Newly appointed Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, who traveled to the United States in an effort to rekindle recently strained relationship with his country’s key ally, aims to persuade President Joe Biden not to return to the Iran nuclear deal, Arab News reports.
Bennett was scheduled to meet with Biden at the White House on Thursday, but the meeting was postponed by the news of the suicide bomb attack at the Kabul airport that killed at 13 US troops.
Israeli PM arrived in Washington well aware of the vastly different views of President Biden on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the efforts to restore the Iran nuclear deal, but he made clear he would push against claiming it would give Iran more resources to back Israel’s enemies in the region.
Bennet also discussed Iran during the separate meeting with US State Secretary o Antony Blinken and the Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, noting it’s the time to halt the Iranians and pointing that the already expired nuclear deal is not relevant anymore.
Though President Biden has pointed loud and clear US intentions to salvage the 2015 landmark pact Trump withdraw from in 2018, initiating indirect talks with Iran, the newly elected Iranian president, the conservative cleric Ebrahim Raisi, ruled out negotiations aimed at limiting Iranian missile development.