Iran — Netanyahu Warns “Return to Normalcy” a Mistake

  • The PM's remarks seem to be addressed to Joe Biden, who said that the United States is ready to return to the JCPOA agreement.
  • In November this year, Ron Dermer, Israeli ambassador to the United States, said that it would be a "mistake" for Mr. Biden to re-enter the Iranian nuclear deal, as he promised.
  • The remarks seemed to be the first time that an Israeli official had publicly objected to Biden's plans to resume the nuclear deal since the November presidential election.

It would be a “mistake” to return to normalcy with Iran,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a joint news conference with US National Security Adviser, Robert O’Brien on Sunday. Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke of Israel’s resistance to the usual approaches of the past regarding the international nuclear dispute with Iran.

Benjamin Netanyahu is an Israeli politician serving as Prime Minister of Israel since 2009, and previously from 1996 to 1999. He is the longest-serving Prime Minister in Israeli history, and the first to be born in Israel after the establishment of the state.

According to the Associated Press, Prime Minister Netanyahu’s interpretation of the future of negotiations with Iran seems to be addressed to Joe Biden, who said that the United States is ready to return to the JCPOA agreement.

Prime Minister Netanyahu’s efforts during the presidency of Barack Obama to block the JCPOA agreement in 2015 failed. It was during Donald Trump’s presidency that Israel welcomed the US’ withdrawal from the JCPOA agreement.

According to Israeli officials, the JCPOA agreement did not hinder the Islamic Republic’s efforts to acquire nuclear weapons and destabilize the region and its missile program. The Prime Minister said Sunday:

“As long as Iran continues to subjugate and threaten its neighbors, as long as Iran continues calling for Israel’s destruction, as long as Iran continues to bankroll, equip and train terrorist organizations throughout the region and the world, and as long as Iran persists in its dangerous quest for nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them, we shouldn’t go back to business as usual with Iran.”

He added, “we should all unite to prevent this major threat to world peace.” Mr. O’Brien arrived in Israel a few days after the announcement of diplomatic relations between Israel and Morocco.

Mr. O’Brien said the Trump administration’s pressure on Iran has been successful. He added that agreements reached between Israel and Arab countries would also help consolidate peace in the region.

In November this year, Ron Dermer, Israeli ambassador to the United States, said that it would be a “mistake” for Mr. Biden to re-enter the Iranian nuclear deal, as he promised.

Ron Dermer is an American-born Israeli political consultant and diplomat who currently serves as the Israeli Ambassador to the United States.

Ambassador Dermer underlined the Israel Accords with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, in the context of their joint opposition to Iranian behavior in the region, and seemed to suggest that building a more united front against Teheran would be more useful than attempting to negotiate with the Islamic Republic.

He argued both Israel and the Arab states opposed the 2015 multilateral agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Action Plan (JCPOA), and that the Obama administration should have taken their views into account at the time.

Ambassador Dermer referred to President Obama’s failed 2009 nuclear negotiations with North Korea, involving members of the region, such as Japan and South Korea, lamenting the lack of similar courtesy during Iran’s nuclear talks.

The remarks seemed to be the first time that an Israeli official had publicly objected to Biden’s plans to resume the nuclear deal since the November presidential election.

In a blistering address to a joint session of Congress in March 2015, Prime Minister Netanyahu cautioned that the nuclear deal between Iran and the Western powers “pairs the path for Iran” instead of blocking it. He urged American leaders to walk away from what he called a very bad deal.

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