Bennetanyahu – Tehran Times
TEHRAN – Echoing the tactics of the former Israeli prime minister employed against Iran, the new Israeli government has resorted to similar tactics to amplify the alleged threat posed by Iran.
While Iranian President-elect Ebrahim Raisi did not set out in detail his foreign policy priorities on Sunday, new Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennet Benjamin Netanyahu condemned Raisi’s election to the Iranian presidency on Sunday, describing it in profane language and calling on world powers to refrain from negotiating a new nuclear deal with him.
“The election of Raisi is, I would say, the last chance for the world powers to wake up before going back to the nuclear deal and understand who they are doing business with,” the new Israeli prime minister said in a statement.
Bennet again accused Iran of trying to build a nuclear weapon, noting that Iran should not be allowed to own such a weapon. “Israel’s position will not change on this,” he promised.
Bennett, an ultra-nationalist at the top of a multi-party coalition, did not distance himself from the opposition of his conservative predecessor, Benjamin Netanyahu, to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, officially known as the Plan of joint global action (JCPOA).
Ahead of a vote to endorse his government, Bennet, in his Knesset address, said he planned to continue Netanyahu’s failed policy on Iran.
“Going back to the deal with Iran is a mistake that will once again give legitimacy to one of the world’s most violent and dark regimes,” Bennett said, according to the Jerusalem Post. “Israel will not allow Iran to acquire nuclear weapons. Israel is not a party to the agreement and will retain complete freedom of action. “
Bennet alleged that the JCPOA had given Iran billions of dollars and said those dollars were spent to fund what he called “terrorist outposts” in the region.
The position taken by Bennet has shown once again that there are no moderate politicians in Israel. Bennet took office thanks to the alliance he built with various political factions, and in some cases contradictory. The Israeli media presented the Bennet government as the most diverse and moderate government. It is made up of very contradictory parties. It was formed of two factions that shared power equally: the right-wing bloc which includes 12 MPs and a block in search of change which includes 49 MPs. In addition to the contradiction between the two blocs, there is a no less serious contradiction within the Lapid faction. It includes the far right party of Avigdor Lieberman and the far left party of Meretz, and between them are the party of Benny Gantz, the Labor party and the party of Lapid himself as well as the Islamic movement.
The Bennet government was supposed to advocate moderate policies towards the Palestinian people and Iran given the diverse makeup of the cabinet. However, Bennet has shown that he is no different from Netanyahu in terms of advocating for tough policies. This was evident from the Bennet government’s approval of a right-wing parade in Jerusalem (al-Quds).
The parade, also known as the Flag March, is widely seen as a symbol of the continued state-level extremism in Israel. He has been repeatedly delayed for fear that such a controversial decision could spark another conflict between the Palestinians and the Israeli regime.
The flag procession was scheduled but the Israeli authorities, heeding Palestinian warnings, delayed the event, which was organized by right-wing Israeli groups. Organizers of the procession planned to pass through the walled Damascus Gate of the Old City and its Muslim Quarter, a provocative move that prompted Palestinians, including resistance groups in the Gaza Strip, to warn Israel of the consequences of the procession if it were to continue. .
However, the Israeli government ignored this warning, giving far-right groups the green light to stage their controversial parade. The so-called flag march has always been a controversial movement. It is organized to commemorate the so-called Jerusalem Day, a day that reminds Palestinians of the day they lost control of the Old City of Jerusalem during the 1967 war. The Israeli government wasted no time in stand alongside the right.
On Iran, the new Israeli government has followed the same line. This is explained by a desire of Bennet to seduce his social base, mainly made up of ultra-conservatives. He was forced to merge with Muslim and leftist factions because he failed to put together a coalition of ultra-conservative lawmakers. He also did not put aside his disagreements with his former ally Netanyahu.
But Bennet is unlikely to succeed in dissuading the United States from joining the JCPOA like Netanyahu did. The former prime minister even compromised Israel’s relations with the United States by publicly opposing the United States’ stated goal of reverting to the Iran deal, even though the Biden administration has him. asked to avoid publicizing the US-Israel differences over the JCPOA.
Taking a relatively low-key approach, the Bennet cabinet is stepping up consultations with the United States in an effort to calmly achieve what Netanyahu failed to achieve through a boisterous campaign. To that end, the Chief of Staff of the Israeli Armed Forces, Aviv Kochavi, began a visit to Washington to discuss a number of issues, including the Iran nuclear deal.
During the visit, Kochavi explained to White House officials Israel’s stance on nuclear talks with Iran and the United States returning to the deal. According to Israeli media, Kochavi will meet with senior US security and military officials, including the national security adviser, the defense secretary and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Haaretz reported that a group of senior Israeli officers, including the head of the IDF Strategic Department and the head of the Army Intelligence Research Center, will accompany Kochavi on the trip.
Kochavi is the first Israeli official to visit the United States since the formation of a new government in Israel. The visit comes as a number of Israeli security leaders have warned that Israel’s chances of influencing the course of nuclear talks with Iran are diminishing.
Israeli President Rivlin is also expected to meet with his US counterpart on June 28, according to a White House statement. “President Biden looks forward to welcoming Israeli President Reuven Rivlin to the White House on June 28, 2021. President Rivlin’s visit will highlight the enduring partnership between the United States and Israel and the deep ties between our governments and our people. This will be an opportunity to consult on the many challenges facing the region, ”the statement said.
Prior to his trip to Washington, Rivlin will consult with Bennet and Defense Secretary Benny Gantz. The meeting aims to coordinate a message on Iran that the new Tel Aviv cabinet intends to deliver to the United States through Rivlin. Israel is likely to reaffirm its opposition to relaunching the Iran nuclear deal, but it is also expected to make proposals to the United States to amend the deal, according to Israeli press reports.
The visits by Israeli officials to Washington come at a time when Israeli media are calling on the Israeli government to elucidate the mysterious death of an Israeli intelligence officer who died in a military prison during the recent war between the Gaza Strip and Israel.
The man, whose identity is under two gag orders, had been behind bars since September, according to the Jerusalem Post. He was found in serious condition in his cell at the new military prison in Neve Tzedek on the night of May 16, and then pronounced dead.
“Officer X” served in a top intelligence division of the army. Although the military does not say which one, it has been reported that he is not charged with espionage or contact with the enemy, the Israeli newspaper continued. The mysterious death of the Israeli officer left many questions unanswered.
“If it’s not about espionage, why don’t the court or the IDF disclose his name and say what he did? If he committed a crime, the military must say what it is, “the Jerusalem Post asked, adding:” Why does it take so long to reveal the cause of his death? He did not kill himself, the IDF said, adding that he was not killed. So what was it? Did he die of natural causes? The IDF must allow an independent investigation into his death, as his family has requested, and not through its internal investigation unit. If he had been released by the IDF while in prison, why was he not transferred to a civilian prison? “
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