On 11 April, Iran’s uranium enrichment facility in Natanz experienced a power failure with Vice President and Atomic Energy Chief Ali Akbar Salehi describing the incident as “nuclear terrorism” by israel.
Israel’s new Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is set to meet President Joe Biden in Washington to boost the countries’ bilateral relationship, and it’s believed intelligence sharing on Iran will be made a priority, reports The New York Times.
Bennett will be hoping to receive confirmation from the Biden administration of continued support for Israel’s covert operations against Iran’s nuclear programme, senior Israeli officials were cited as saying.
The two countries have been pursuing contradictory agendas on Iran, as Biden favours a diplomatic approach centred on reviving the 2015 nuclear agreement, which was unilaterally scrapped by his predecessor Donald Trump. Talks to reinvigorate the accord, underway in Vienna since April, are currently on ice.
Israeli officials, however, have vehemently opposed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), insisting that Tehran is close to developing a nuclear weapon – something that the Islamic republic denies.
The differences over Iran earlier in the year reportedly resulted in a breakdown of previously mutual intelligence sharing between the two states, writes the outlet. Before, Tel Aviv apparently kept the Trump administration in the loop regarding its covert operations focused on Iranian nuclear facilities, as was…