Netanyahu Vows ‘Not to Allow a Nuclear Iran,’ Even at Cost of Israel’s ‘Friction With US’

US President Joe Biden has promised to return to the Iran Nuclear Deal but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insists there “must be no return to the previous nuclear agreement.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he believes there’s no bigger threat to the country than “the existential threat posed by Iran’s attempts to arm itself with nuclear weapons,” reports Haaretz.

Speaking at a ceremony for incoming Mossad chief David Barnea on Tuesday, Netanyahu went so far as to acknowledge that he would rather fall out with the United States than see a “nuclear-armed Iran.”

In reference to the ongoing Vienna negotiations aimed at restoring the JCPOA agreement, otherwise known as the Iran Nuclear Deal, to its original form, which Biden vowed after taking office, Netanyahu added:

He emphasised that israel must “do everything, I mean everything, in order to ensure that Iran does not acquire a nuclear weapon under any circumstance.” The Israeli leader also called for covert operations against Iran to continue.

In response to Netanyahu’s statement, Defence Minister Benny Gantz said that while “Iran constitutes a threat on the regional stability and world peace,” any “disagreements [between Israel and the U.S.] will be solved using a direct private dialogue and not by provocations, which might hurt Israel’s security.”

Netanyahu has been open about his intention to thwart Washington rejoining the JCPOA agreement – one of Joe Biden’s main…

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