Defense Secretary Benny Gantz said he is willing to accept a scenario in with which the US succeeds in the nuclear deal met Iran new life in to blow, in a rare one comment of a senior government official not simply reject the multilateral agreement.
“The current American approach of placing the Iranian nuclear program back in An boxI would accept that,” Gantz told Foreign policy in an interview published Tuesday, using rhetoric die was used by the Biden administration to goal of the joint overall plan of Action.
While security officials do not in government have indicated a diploma of tolerance for the JCPOA in the past, that feeling does not have extended until public officials, and Gantz turned out to be most senior cabinet minister to display it on the record.
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett assured US President Joe Biden in the White House: last month he doesn’t in it will be public campaign against Washington’s Attempts to Confront Iran over to get back to the 2015 agreement brokered by former President Barak Obama and abandoned by his predecessor Donald Trump in 2018, Israeli officials said. This was a departure from Bennett’s predecessor Benjamin Netanyahu who campaigned aggressively against the JCPOA and even accepted an invitation to address a joint session of Congress where he lobbied lawmakers in vain against the agreement.
Bennett though if also made clear that he opposes the nuclear deal and has not publicly stated that its resurrection is something Israel could do live withlike Gantz did in the Tuesday meeting.
The defense minister used to be also clear although that he wanted to see “viable US-led Plan B” that involves significant political, diplomatic and economic pressure against Tehran jointly imposed by the US, Europe, Russia and China as talks in Vienna seeking a US-Iran return to the JCPOA fail to bear fruit.
“We need to connect China in this too, asia must play An roleGantz told FP, pointing to Iran’s growing economic ties with the far East. “Israel has none” ability until lead An real plan B, we can’t make a together international economic sanctions regime. This must be led by the US.”
“Iran must fear that the US and its partners are serious,” he said added.
Gantz also told Foreign Policy that Israel had its own “plan C” that would include: military action.
“When it comes down to it, we’ll get there,” Gantz said, before switching from Hebrew to English in order to add”We’re not America, but we have our capabilities.”
He went on to warn that if world forces fail to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, it will lead to a nuclear weapon race. “Other States won’t just sit still… They will buy the directly off the plank from Pakistan of whoever.”
Asked to comment on the US withdrawal from Afghanistan and the swift takeover by the Taliban of the country Gantz defended the Biden government, explaining that policy was “completely understandable … otherwise you could be there forever” while adding that “there are no happy recordings.”
However, he said Iran should not infer from the Afghanistan scenario that “all you have to do is stay strong and determined and the West will fold”.
On the Palestinian issue also, Gantz offered some of his most detailed comments to date.
While his . uttered support for “need[ing] two political entities here,” he was not quoted as… using the term “state” to the . to describe future Palestinian entity die he envisions.
Moreover, he said that Israel would not dismantle one of are settlements in the West Bank, leaving far less territory than the Palestinians imagine for their state and beyond what most analysts believe will yield viable limits.
“[Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud] Abbas is still dreaming of the lines of 1967… This won’t happen,” Gantz said. “He needs to realize that we’re staying there… We’re not taking… down settlements,” Gantz told FP.
It was the first time Gantz expressed his opposition to the evacuation of settlements, not even distinguishing Israeli cities closer to the Green Lines of die deep in the West Bank as it has in the past. Refusal to evacuate settlements is a recent policy of Netanyahu but hadn’t yet extended to the centre of the political map where Gantz has been trying to settle.
Nevertheless, he insisted that maintaining ties with Abbas and the PA are “a value” of the highest interest.”
The two met in Ramallah last month after which Gantz announced An series of small gestures die aimed at improving Palestinian livelihoods. To be office states it is an Israeli interest to strengthen the PA in to be a moderate alternative to Hamas. to present terror group Which rules Gaza Strip.
But Bennett is still at the top of the government and has made clear that he won’t even meet Abbas, let alone enter into political negotiations with it.
“In general the government works fine – we make space for each other [to work]… but I am the lead on security issues,” Gantz said.
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