In a message that was conveyed to Prime Minister Yair Lapid in his recent conversations with US President Joe Biden and other administration officials, the US indicated that a new nuclear deal between Iran and world powers is off the table and will not be signed in the foreseeable future.
As reported by Zman Yisrael, this win for Israel is likely to be touted by Lapid in the coming election campaign, particularly against opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu, who has repeatedly attacked the premier on the issue.
The nuclear agreement that was being negotiated since Biden entered the White House in January 2021 focused on removing sanctions on Iran in exchange for limiting Tehran’s ability to reach the capability to build a nuclear weapon, and this was especially threatening to Israel’s national security.
Former prime minister Naftali Bennett appealed to the US administration last month to refrain from the accord. “I call on President Biden & the US administration to refrain, even now at this last minute, from signing the agreement with Iran,” Bennett tweeted on August 23.