Israel presses Iran views ahead of Bennett-Biden meeting - analysis


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Israel presses Iran views ahead of Bennett-Biden meeting - analysis
Repeated statements about Iran call attention to the issue at a time when that attention is badly needed.
AUGUST 25, 2021

WASHINGTON – Prime Minister Naftali Bennett made his core message for his meeting with US President Joe Biden at the White House this week very clear: Iran, Iran and more Iran. Bennett announced on Sunday that he has a plan to respond to Iran, and in the subsequent days, the prime minister and his close advisers echoed the message in briefings: Whether or not the US and Iran return to the nuclear deal, there needs to be an organized plan of action, and it needs to not only address the nuclear program but to strike at Iran’s regional proxies.

While the Jewish state wants to coordinate its actions against the Islamic Republic with the US, it is Israel’s responsibility to defend itself. Jerusalem is ready to take action and is not just going to wait for America, the briefers said. On Wednesday, a day before Bennett’s meeting with Biden and hours before his planned meetings with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, the prime minister was joined by a chorus of voices from Tel Aviv warning against the rogue nation.