Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett met with German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock in Tel Aviv on Thursday and called for a deadline to be set for the Iran nuclear deal negotiations that are ongoing in Vienna.
According to a statement put out by Bennett’s office, he told Baerbock that a revival of the nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA, would “endanger the entire region.” He also “emphasized that a target date must be set for the conclusion of the negotiations.”
In a press conference with Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, Baerbock said the talks have entered a “final phase.” The US and the European countries involved in the JCPOA negotiations have been warning that time is running out to revive the deal but have not set an official deadline.
Israel is not a party to the JCPOA and has done everything to sabotage the agreement, but the Biden administration still coordinates very closely with the Israelis on the issue. President Biden spoke with Bennett on Sunday, and the Israeli leader reportedly told Biden not to rejoin the JCPOA.
As the JCPOA negotiations resumed in Vienna this week, US officials said an agreement is “in sight.” Iranian officials have said an agreement depends on whether or not the US is willing to give Iran the necessary sanctions relief, a position reiterated Thursday by Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian.