- Israel is struggling to communicate its Iran misgivings with Washington.
- The Israeli administration had numerous clashes with the Obama government in which Joe Biden served as vice president, a situation that presently threatens to derail cooperation between the two nations in matters concerning the Middle East.
- Meanwhile, the US and Iranian governments are engaged in a tug of war over who conforms first to allow talks on the Iran nuclear deal.
The change of leadership in the US has caused a dramatic change in the US – Israeli relationship dynamics. The dynamics between US president Donald Trump, and the Israeli government led by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Joe Biden couldn’t be more opposite.
Israel is struggling to maintain close ties with Washington. The Israeli administration had numerous clashes with the Obama government in which Joe Biden served as vice president, a situation that presently threatens to derail cooperation between the two nations in matters concerning the Middle East.
During Trump’s tenure as president, the Zionist state got a lot of breaks and was allowed to make numerous controversial moves that wouldn’t have been permitted during Obama’s term.
Ultimately, the anti-Iranian sentiments shared by the Trump and Netanyahu administrations led to increased conflicts with the Islamic state.
Netanyahu Will Communicate Israel’s Misgivings Indirectly
Earlier this week, an Israeli official revealed that Israel’s misgivings about the Iranian deal will be relayed to US President Joe Biden via Netanyahu’s National Security Council. The team will be in contact with the White House National Security Council from now on.
“The intent is to work everything out at that level, and to keep that communication channel open. Obviously this has benefits where there is a risk of a ‘cold shoulder’ at chief-executive level,” the official told Reuters.
According to a recent report related to this published by Israel’s Army Radio, Netanyahu and the Israeli cabinet are keen to keep clashes with the Joe Biden administration at a minimum while independently trying to deter Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.
Speaking at a memorial service earlier this week Netanyahu reiterated this stance.
“Israel isn’t pinning its hopes on an agreement with an extremist regime. We already saw what these agreements are worth… with North Korea,” he said.
He was referring to failed efforts by the US to discourage North Korea from continuing with its nuclear program.
The US and Iran are Still Far From Making a Deal
Meanwhile, the US and Iranian governments are engaged in a tug of war over who conforms first to allow talks on the Iran nuclear deal. Last week, Joe Biden said that the United States’ main aim was to reengage itself in the negotiations in order to avoid missteps that would further upset the Middle East region.
“We need transparency and communication to minimize the rise of strategic misunderstanding or mistakes,” Biden said during the virtual Munich Security Conference.
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was quick to counter the president’s statement.
He said that his country would only go back to its JCPOA commitments if the US dropped its sanctions against Tehran.
“U.S. unconditionally & effectively lift all sanctions imposed, re-imposed or re-labeled by Trump. We will then immediately reverse all remedial measures. Simple:#CommitActMeet,” he tweeted.