Biden defends Iran deal from Israeli news scrutiny, officials tout ‘important strategic ties’

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President Biden defended again his decision to restart the Iran nuclear deal, this time fending off Israeli media objections to the issue.

Biden spoke to Israel’s Channel 12 in a pre-recorded interview that aired Wednesday. The interviewer turned to the Iran deal, citing recent polls that showed 75% of Israelis do not believe the Biden administration would take Israel’s interests into account when negotiating the issue.

“The only thing worse than the current Iran is Iran with nuclear weaponsand if we can get back to the deal and keep them,” Biden said. He again accused former President Donald Trump of pulling out of the deal and allowing Iran to quickly increase its nuclear proliferation.

“[Iran is] “Now we are closer to nuclear weapons than before,” he said. “It has nothing to do with whether the Quds force is going to stop or continue to operate: we can act against them and there is still a deal where they cut their nuclear program… so I still think it makes sense.” .

OIL, IRAN AND NORMALIZATION HIGH ON THE AGENDA AS BIDEN LEAVES TRIP TO ISRAEL AND SAUDI ARABIA

The Biden administration continues to push the deal, while saying that “Iran poses a regional and global threat.”

When asked by Israeli journalist Yonit Levy in an interview that Biden said he would do everything to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, and whether this meant the use of force against Iran, the president replied: “If it was a last resort, then yes.”

Behnam Ben Taleblu, senior fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, told Fox News Digital: “If the goal is to prevent the creation of an Islamic Republic with nuclear weapons, resurrecting a deal that, even by 2015 standards, was fatally flawed and no more than temporarily… out — the exact opposite approach.

President Joe Biden is greeted by Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid (right) and President Isaac Herzog (left) at an arrival ceremony following Biden's arrival at Ben Gurion Airport on Wednesday, July 13, 2022, in Tel Aviv.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Joe Biden is greeted by Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid (right) and President Isaac Herzog (left) at an arrival ceremony following Biden’s arrival at Ben Gurion Airport on Wednesday, July 13, 2022, in Tel Aviv. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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“Accusation Trump for Iran Policy “The impasse is old news,” he said. “The Biden administration promised in early 2021 to make sure politics stops at the brink. Going to Israel and citing the evolving Iranian nuclear threat as a result of his predecessor does just the opposite.”

“A deal that rewards those who support Iran’s terrorist apparatus only makes sense if the goal is not to confront that apparatus decisively from the outset,” he added.

BIDEN WILL SHAK HAND WITH NETANYAHU DURING TRIP TO THE MIDDLE EAST

Israel’s position remains important as both Biden and Israeli officials today reaffirmed the partnership and “important strategic ties” between both countries.

IDF Chief of General Staff, LTG Aviv Kochavi said: “Operational cooperation and close coordination between the United States and State of Israel form an additional component of an important strategic alliance between the two countries.

“Strategic ties between our military forces are integral to maintaining stability and confronting common threats in the Middle East, and we are committed to expanding our cooperation and creating many new capabilities in the air, sea and land,” he said. . “Our relationship with the United States is an important component in maintaining regional stability in the face of the ongoing strategic race with the Iranian regime, which not only threatens the State of Israel, but is also a regional and global threat that the countries of the region must deal with. act together.”

BIDEN’S VISIT TO THE MIDDLE EAST CANNOT BE A ONE-TIME IF THE US WANTS TO REALLY BUILD RELATIONS IN THE REGION

President Biden toured the IDF’s air defense systems, including the Iron Dome air defense system, the Arrow defense system, the David Sling system, and the new Iron Beam laser air defense system.

Air defense systems are the product of advanced Israeli technology and provide a response to a wide range of multi-layered threats in various areas. These systems form a multi-layered air defense line and protect the lives of the Israeli civilian population, including from threats posed by the Iranian regime.

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The defense systems presented to President Biden represent an important component of the IDF’s defensive preparations against the Iranian regime and its terrorist proxies in the region. The IDF invests in maintaining the qualitative military superiority of the State of Israel in the region and in ensuring the security of its civilian population.