The Iran nuclear deal, also known as the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), could be restored as talks between the parties to the treaty continue in Vienna. Tel Aviv has opposed the treaty from the outset, seeking another format to more widely restrict Iran’s non-weapon nuclear activity.
An Israeli delegation expected to arrive in the US next week to participate in strategic talks on Iran is instructed to deliver an objection from Tel Aviv regarding the revival of the JCPOA and refuse to negotiate its substance, Axios reported on Thursday, citing Israeli officials.
The guidelines were discussed in a meeting reportedly held on Thursday between the Israeli prime minister; Minister of Defense Benny Gantz; Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi, and others who will travel to Washington DC. The Tel Aviv delegation is expected to include Israel’s national security adviser, Meir Ben-Shabbat; israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Aviv Kochavi; military intelligence chief Tamir Hayman, and the director of the Mossad, Yossi Cohen.
During the meeting, Netanyahu repeated his position over the nuclear agreement, suggesting that its resumption – that implies lifting the sanctions reimposed on Tehran when the Trump administration unilaterally withdrew from the treaty in 2018 – would put israel in danger.
Netanyahu also reiterated that Tel Aviv would not agree with the treaty’s terms as the country is not a party to the deal, further adding that Israel would act only in its own…