- Israel is wary about Iran advancing its nuclear program.
- Israel has been accused of assassinating some notable Iranian officials.
- The Biden administration wants to take part in Iran renegotiations.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned about the unfolding US–Iranian nuclear-talk developments. According to a statement issued by the Prime Minister, Israel remains committed to deterring Iran from having nuclear weapons. This is despite talks with the US.
“Israel remains committed to preventing Iran from getting nuclear weapons and its position on the nuclear agreement has not changed,” an excerpt from the Prime Minister’s Office statement read.
“Israel believes that going back to the old agreement will pave Iran’s path to a nuclear arsenal. Israel is in close contact with the United States on this matter.”
His comment comes a few days after the US government submitted letters to the UN Security Council announcing the cancellation of planned sanctions that were set to be reimposed by the Trump administration.
At the same time, the State Department underscored its intention to meet with Iranian officials to work out a deal. This turn of events alarmed the Israeli leadership.
That said, there has been some back and forth between the US and Iranian governments in recent months over Iranian sanctions. Iran has insisted that it will only take part in negotiations if the sanctions imposed on it by the Trump administration are lifted.
The Biden administration, on the other hand, has indicated that it will only be able to do this if Iran goes back to its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
Despite the tug of war, the American side has appeared to be ceding ground in recent days in order to allow for talks. Aside from revoking planned Trump sanctions, it has also lifted travel restrictions on Iranian officials and issued a statement underlining its willingness to meet up with the Iranian team.
During a special briefing held via teleconference on Thursday, one State Department official said, “the goal of coming together would be to sit down and to see – start what could be a prolonged path of trying to get back to a situation where both the U.S. and Iran were back into compliance.”
Israel Doesn’t Support an Iran–US Nuclear Deal
That said, Israel has been wary about a nuclear deal between the US and Iran for several months now. This is because of the existing rivalry between Iran and Israel, which has been on for several decades now.
Allowing Iran to advance its nuclear program to the extent of building nuclear weapons would put Israel’s security in jeopardy. Iran has, on numerous occasions, indicated that would fight back if pushed to the edge.
In total disregard of these threats, Israel has made some incendiary moves over the past year. It has been accused of assassinating notable Iranian figures. They include Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, a key figure in the Iranian nuclear program who was killed in December 2020.
The US and Israel are also alleged to have orchestrated the killing of Major General Qasem Soleimani in January 2020.
These flash-points make Israel particularly nervous about Iran acquiring nuclear weapons. Such a development would change the power dynamics in the region to a great extent.