Biden moving closer to Israel’s call for 'plan B' on Iran - analysis


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Biden moving closer to Israel’s call for 'plan B' on Iran - analysis
Disagreement persists on the Iran Deal, but Jerusalem and Washington are growing more united on Iran.
Published: DECEMBER 12, 2021

One meeting was with an old friend. The other was with a critic. In both settings, Benny Gantz could essentially say, “I told you so.”

Israel’s defense minister was in Washington on Thursday for talks with US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Gantz and Austin have been friendly since Gantz’s days in Washington as Israel’s defense attaché, while Austin helmed US Central Command, the combatant command with purview over America’s military activities in the Middle East. Blinken, meanwhile, chided Gantz mere weeks ago in a phone call regarding Gantz’s approval of the advancement of Israeli plans to build new homes in Judea & Samaria (the West Bank), contrary to the vocalized policy of the Biden administration. The call was tense, according to multiple Israeli officials.

Gantz came to the US with a checklist, and two of the boxes were seemingly ticked before he landed.