President Joe Biden has taken great pride in reversing as many of his predecessor’s decisions as possible, pledging back in April to restart negotiations for the United States to return to the Iranian nuclear deal from which President Donald Trump withdrew in 2018, but Israel’s new prime minister just implored the current administration to “wake up” to the significant dangers such a move would pose, as the New York Post reports.
Amid the election of hardline jurist Ebrahim Raisi – himself a protege of Ayatollah Ali Khameni – Prime Minister Naftali Bennett sounded the alarm about the risks the U.S. and other interested nations would incur by attempting to resume some form of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action negotiated in 2015 during the tenure of former President Barack Obama.
During a televised cabinet meeting, Bennett predicted that Raisi – who is already under U.S. sanctions over human rights violations – was likely to rule with an iron fist and that his accession to his country’s presidency is “the last chance for world powers to wake up before returning to the nuclear agreement, and understand who they are doing business with,” as the Post further noted..
Standing firm with regard to his nation’s take on the increased interest shown by the U.S. and other countries in restarting the deal, while also endorsing the same stance taken by his immediate predecessor, Benjamin Netanyahu, Bennett continued, “a regime of brutal hangmen must never be allowed to have weapons of mass-destruction. Israel’s position will not change on this.”
President Trump pulled the U.S. out of the agreement during his time in the Oval Office, and did so for reasons that included that fact that it did not tackle Iranian support of terrorist organizations and because it included “sunset” provisions that eased critical limitations on the rogue nation’s nuclear development by 2030, as the Washington Times reported.
Between then and now, Iran’s leadership has become even more militant in its determination to continue funding Hezbollah and Hamas, has supported militias in Syria and Iraq that seek to harm American military personnel in the region, among other incendiary conduct.
Even so, the Biden administration is poised to move forward, despite Bennett’s warnings. According to White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, he and his colleagues intend to “reimpose the constraints that put Iran’s nuclear program in a box,” and once the framework of the initial agreement is back in place, “the idea is to negotiate a follow-on agreement that will make for a longer and stronger agreement.”
With regard to the administration’s dogged determination to undo Trump’s exist from the deal, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) was emphatic in his skepticism, which echoed the concerns voiced by Israel’s Bennett, saying on Sunday:
There are no moderates on the ballot in Iran. The ayatollah is a religious Nazi, he controls the place. Religious zealots run the place. Why in the world do you want to give massive enrichment capability to the largest state sponsor of terrorism in the world, I don’t know.
Precisely how reckless Biden is willing to be with regard to the Iranian threat is something that remains to be seen, but at least one world leader has the courage to step up and speak out.