The Biden administration is poised to orchestrate a return to one of the Obama-era’s most controversial foreign policy stances, thus threatening to undermine the nation’s relationship with a key global ally.
As Breitbart reports, despite strong opposition from Israel, the White House wants them to to say “goodbye” to any hope they had that the Biden administration would alter its position on rejoining the Iranian nuclear deal and is prepared to bid goodbye to officials visiting from Jerusalem without making any concessions to their push for reconsideration.
Amid ongoing indirect talks between Tehran and Washington in Vienna, the Biden administration has signaled no change in its prior commitment to resurrecting the pact from which former President Donald Trump withdrew in 2018, something which has raised serious alarm in Israel, a country under constant threat from Iran.
Following news that Israeli spy chief Yossi Cohen and Meir Ben-Shabbat of the country’s national security apparatus would travel to D.C. this week to voice their disagreement with the planned move, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was asked whether their presence would affect any change in the administration’s position, answering, “No,” according to Breitbart, adding, “As it relates to Israel, we have kept them abreast as a key partner of these discussion – or of our intentions, and we will continue to do that on any future visits.”
Even so, the Jerusalem Post reported that the Israeli delegation is still holding out hope of changing some minds in Washington, with a senior official declaring, “We don’t think [resumption of the agreement] is a done deal yet. We’re going to [D.C.] because we’re going to try to influence the process.”
The official went even further, stating, “The instructions to the senior security officials that are flying to Washington for talks is to present Israel’s opposition to the agreement in Iran and not to negotiate over it, because we are talking about a return to the previous agreement that is dangerous for Israel and the region,” the Jerusalem Post noted.
Earlier this month, a group of 27 Democrats in the Senate announced their endorsement of the Biden administration’s overtures toward rejoining the nuclear deal formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), stating in a letter, “We strongly support returning to the JCPOA and using a ‘compliance for compliance’ approach as a starting point to reset U.S. relations with Iran,” according to The Hill.
Though the Democrat senators also suggested an openness to ending sanctions on Iran imposed during the Trump administration if certain levels of compliance are met, the Biden administration has cautioned that it will not lift every economic measure taken against the rogue nation, as Politico reported, something Tehran has said is a prerequisite for cooperation.
Given the unequivocal indications from the White House that Israel’s objections to the Iran deal carry no weight as the administration moves toward rejoining what Trump called “one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into,” severe harm to one of this country’s most crucial strategic partnerships appears sadly inevitable.