The meeting was the second this week in Washington involving senior US and Israeli officials, according to the Associated Press, and underscored Israel’s unease with the ongoing negotiations between Iran and the United States on reviving the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
US President Joe Biden has held talks with Israel’s intelligence chief Yossi Cohen, discussing Iran, Axios reports, citing an anonymous source.
On Friday, US media reported that US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and several senior Biden administration national security aides met with Cohen in Washington.
Axios reported last week that Netanyahu had instructed the Israeli delegation to oppose the restoration of the JCPOA prior to their traveling to DC.
Israeli officials had earlier expressed concerns that the Vienna talks may ultimately lead to Washington returning to the deal that former US President Donald Trump ditched in 2017, slapping Iran with harsh sanctions as part of the so-called “maximum pressure” campaign to drain Iran economically.
As an alternative, israel has also pushed for a broader agreement with Iran, while its lobby in the US has called on Washington to consult with israel and the Gulf states – which are not parties to the original agreement – before engaging in talks with Iran.
Tensions increased further in the region after Iran’s uranium enrichment plant in Natanz suffered a blackout incident, which was…