Israel continues to express its opposition to the Biden administration rejoining the 2015 Iran nuclear deal known as the JCPOA. According to The Jerusalem Post, Israeli ministers shared their concern over the situation at a cabinet meeting on Sunday.
“The Americans want a deal at all costs and the Iranians know it,” one minister said at the meeting. The minister told the Post that the US is open to hearing Israeli concerns but doesn’t seem to be taking them seriously.
Other Israeli officials spoke with media outlets following the Sunday cabinet meeting. One official told Axios: “We will not be surprised if within weeks the US and other world powers sign a deal with Iran.”
While the Israelis are concerned, President Biden appears to be in no hurry to give Iran sanctions relief and rejoin the JCPOA. US-Iran talks are ongoing in Vienna, and parties involved are reporting progress, but the US still seems to be a long way from lifting sanctions.
Israel is also expressing its opposition to the deal through covert attacks against Iran. The latest incident was an attack on Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility, which caused Tehran to start enriching some uranium at 60 percent.
The US is distancing itself from the Natanz attack and reportedly sent a message to Israel voicing its displeasure over the incident, but no US officials have taken a public stance against the sabotage.