Israel’s Hard-Line Position Is Sabotaging US-Iran Negotiations

After a five month hiatus, indirect negotiations between Iran and the United States resumed last week in Vienna to try to revise 2015 Iran nuclear agreement (formally known as JCPOA or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action). The outlook isn’t good.

Within a week of the start of negotiations, Britain, France and Germany were already at the table. accused Iran of “walking back almost all of the difficult compromises” achieved during the first round of negotiations before Iran’s new president, Ebrahim Raisi, was sworn into office. While such actions by Iran certainly aren’t helping the negotiations succeed, there is another country — one that is not even a party to the agreement that was ripped up in 2018 by then president Donald Trump — whose hard-line position is creating obstacles to successful negotiations: Israel.

On Sunday, amid reports that the talks might collapse, Israeli prime minister Naftali Bennett called on the countries meeting in Vienna to “take a strong line” against Iran. According to Channel 12News in Israel, Israeli officials urging the United StatesTo take military action against Iran by either striking directly Iran or hitting an Iranian base in Yemen. Regardless of the negotiations’ outcome, Israel says that it reserves the right to take militaryIran must be dealt with.

Israeli threats aren’t just bluster. Between 2010-2012, four Iranian nuclear scientists were assassinated, presumably by Israel. A fire will be lit in July 2020 attributed to an Israeli bomb, caused significant damage to Iran’s Natanz nuclear site. Israeli operatives used remote control machine guns in November 2020, just after Joe Biden won his presidential election. assassinate Iran’s top nuclear scientist. Had Iran retaliated proportionately, the United States might have backed up Israel, with the conflict spiraling into a full-blown US–Middle East war.

As diplomatic efforts between the Biden administrations and Iran were in progress, April 2021 saw sabotage attributed solely to Israel. blackout at Natanz. Iran described the action as “nuclear terrorism.”

Ironically described as Iran’s Build Back Better plan, after each of Israel’s nuclear facility sabotage actions, Iranians have quickly gotten their facilities back onlineThey even installed newer machines to accelerate the enrichment of uranium. American officials were able to recently warnedTheir Israeli counterparts believe that attacks on Iranian nuclear facilities is counterproductive. But Israel repliedIt is determined to continue its efforts.

Israel is being forced to close the JCPOA as the clock ticks down. sending its top-level officials outto present its case. Last week, the Israeli foreign minister Yair Lepid visited London and Paris to ask them not to support US plans to reopen the deal. This week, Benny Gantz, the Defense Minister, and David Barnea, the Israeli Mossad chief, are in Washington for meetings to discuss US defense secretary Lloyd Austin and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. According to the Israeli Yedioth AhronothNewspaper, Barnea brought “updated intelligence on Tehran’s efforts” to become a nuclear country.