The Cradle, September 5, 2022 — These reassurances from the White House come as Israeli officials mobilize to sabotage a looming revival of the Iran nuclear deal.
“Israel is entitled to defend itself without any limitations,” Biden told Israeli interim Prime Minister Yair Lapid recently, according to an unnamed US official who spoke with the Wall Street Journal (WSJ).
To allay these concerns, the White House has kept Israel intimately informed of the indirect negotiations with Iran, according to sources that spoke with the WSJ.
Israel is also demanding that Washington speed up the delivery of US-made refueling planes that occupation officials believe are necessary to strike Iranian nuclear sites.
Last week, Tel Aviv signed a $927 million deal for the purchase of four Boeing Co KC-46A refueling tankers. However, these planes are not set to arrive in Israel until 2025.
Washington has previously denied Israeli requests to speed up the delivery of refueling planes.
According to US and Israeli officials, the new JCPOA would increase the time Iran needs to build a single nuclear weapon to a few months “compared with the current time span of a few weeks.”
Over the past few decades, Washington and Tel Aviv – with the support of western media outlets – have repeatedly made claims that Iran is anything from “days” to “months” away from developing a nuclear weapon, without this ever turning out to be true.
In their demands to Washington about the terms of the JCPOA, Israel not only wants to “permanently curtail” Iran’s nuclear energy program, but also end its “militancy” in the region and its ballistic missile program.
Despite Washington’s serious concerns over Iran’s non-existent nuclear arsenal, US officials have failed to criticize Israel’s possession of an unreported number of nuclear weapons.
For their part, Iranian officials have repeatedly called on the US not to allow Israel to interfere in the deal.
Last week, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi warned Israel over recent threats against its nuclear energy industry, saying: “The nuclear activities, the nuclear industry, and having nuclear capabilities are the Islamic Republic of Iran’s rights, and nobody can deny Iran this right.”
Last May, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said during a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos that Israel’s sabotage efforts are taking “the national interests of the US hostage.”