On Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said Israel was open to a “good” Iran nuclear deal but also called for world powers to take a tougher stance during the ongoing negotiations in Vienna.
“For sure there can be a good agreement. For sure. We know the parameters. Is that expected to happen now in the current dynamics? No. Because there needs to be a much firmer position,” Bennett told Israel’s Army Radio.
Bennett said Iran currently has little leverage but complained that world powers in Vienna are not taking advantage of the situation. “Iran is negotiating with a very weak hand. But unfortunately, the world is acting like Iran is at a strong point,” he said.
While Israel is not a party to the Iran nuclear deal and shouldn’t have a say in the matter, considering Israel has a secret nuclear weapons program, the US is still coordinating very closely with the Israelis on the Vienna negotiations. Realistically, Iran would likely never agree to any deal that Israel considers to be “good.”
Since the Vienna talks restarted at the end of November, Israeli officials have been urging the US to abandon the process, impose more sanctions, and prepare for potential military action. The Israeli military has been preparing to attack Iran and reportedly submitted plans to the Israeli government on Tuesday.
Last week, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan traveled to Israel and reportedly reassured Israeli officials that the US was willing to take a harder line if necessary.
7 thoughts on “Bennett Says Israel Open to a ‘Good’ Iran Deal But Wants Tougher Vienna Talks”
>Israel never wanted any deal.The well- developed JCPOA, even though it restricted Iran and many Israelis accepted it, was never wanted by the “leaders” of Israel, who of course continue to impede any possible deal. Iran kept to the JCPOA despite the illegal sanctions kept in place by the USA, for over a year after Trump’s action, and finally pushed the situation by some further enrichment, asking for sanctions relief before anything else. How can any sentient being find that unreasonable? Why is the paranoid Israel allowed to decide an issue they were not even part of and paints Iran, not Israel, as the aggressive danger in the region where it is the only nuke power, and no other country wants nukes present?
Just because you are paranoid,does not mean that people dont want to get you.Iran has a millennia of making life bitter for their Jewish peoples.
And by “good’ he means disarmed. Or a failed state.
If Israel wants a seat at the table and make demands, Israel needs to sack up and sign on to the same inspection and verification regime they’re demanding of Iran. Otherwise, they have no credentials to speak and should be shown the door so the adults (and I use the term loosely when referring to Washington wonks) can sort things out.
This is more like a masquerade ball, then real negotiations… Why can’t everyone sit their butts down at a table and just bloody well hash it all out?!
Does anyone have any idea what an Israeli attack might look like? I only ask as I see it as a distinct possibility…
Because Iran is determined to destroy Israel, and secure the Dome of the Rock under its own banner.
If Israel isn’t lying that there is an urgent existential threat against them, they have bunker busting weapons they can deliver on their own: nukes. But they are used to making the US pay for their aggression.
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