Israeli Officials Fear Trump Will Agree to Talks With Iran

Israel already concerned by Trump's long-stated position of not seeking regime change

The Iranian Foreign Minister’s surprise visit to the G7 has raised the possibility of US-Iran talks. Trump has raised the possibility of such talks before, but now there seems to be at least some treating of it as a serious matter.

But somebody’s not happy, and as with anything that involves Iranian diplomacy, it’s Israel. The Israeli intelligence community is expressing serious concerns about the possibility of Trump getting into direct Iran talks.

The concern there is that Trump might even make a deal with Iran, and that adds to Israeli concerns about such talks which were already substantial since Trump has repeatedly said he is not seeking regime change in Iran.

Israeli officials see this as the worst-case scenario, because Netanyahu has long made a big deal about Trump being the most pro-Israel president ever, and if Trump makes a deal they don’t like, they really don’t have a lot of options to push back on it.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.