On Saturday, an Iranian official said President Biden illegally threatened Iran during his meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett that took place in Washington on Friday.
Alongside Bennett, Biden told reporters that if “diplomacy fails” with Iran, the US was ready to “turn to other options.”
Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, denounced Biden’s choice of words on Twitter. “The emphasis on using ‘other options’ against [Iran] amounts to threatening another country illegally and establishes Iran’s right to reciprocate … against ‘available options,'” Shamkhani wrote.
Iran’s fears of being attacked by Israel or the US are not unfounded. Israel frequently attacks Iran covertly, and these missions are tacitly endorsed by Washington since the US never condemns them. Ahead of his meeting with Biden, Bennett told The New York Times that Israel will continue clandestine attacks against Iran.
According to a report from Axios, Bennett proposed an Iran plan to Biden that was described as “death by a thousand cuts.” Bennett’s strategy includes a series of diplomatic and military actions. The Israeli leader also expressed his opposition to the US rejoining the Iran nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA.
Bennett also asked Biden not to withdraw from Iraq and Syria. The Axios report said the Israeli delegation felt “optimistic” about Biden’s attitude on the US military presence in Iraq and Syria.
While boarding a plane back to Israel on Sunday, Bennett said he was very happy with how the meeting went. “Biden and I have struck up a direct and personal bond built on trust,” he said. “We have achieved all the goals we have set out for ourselves and beyond.”