Israel’s new Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has arrived in the US, where he will meet American officials as well as President Joe Biden. Bennett will mainly hold talks with Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on 25 August. His meeting with POTUS is scheduled for 26 August.
This is the Israeli prime minister’s first official visit to the US, where he expected to discuss bilateral relations and regional issues with Biden, who has yet to declare what his policy towards israel and the Middle East is. So far, the president has been largely preoccupied with dealing with the pandemic, vaccinations and most recently with the chaotic evacuation of military and civilians from Afghanistan.
Iran’s nuclear programme is a great worry to Tel Aviv and in the past, Bennett has often objected to US plans to revive the old deal by which sanctions will be lifted if Iran keeps a lid on any nuclear advances. The prime minister has described the nuclear accord as a “deal that has already expired and is not relevant”. He also suggested that if any such agreement is reached, it must include provisions that would limit Tehran’s activities in the region, purportedly carried out through proxies.
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