Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that President-elect Biden’s administration “must not return to the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.”
Why it matters: The comments – at the annual memorial service for David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister – signal that Netanyahu plans to repeat the public campaign against an Iran deal he participated in during the Obama administration.
- Domestically, they also state that Netanyahu is preparing for a new election campaign in which he will claim that he is the only one who can stand firm against Biden and protect Israel from Iran.
What he says: Netanyahu said Israel must adhere to an uncompromising policy to ensure that Iran does not develop nuclear weapons.
- “Thanks to our focused stance on the nuclearization of Iran and our opposition to the nuclear deal with Iran, many Arab countries have fundamentally changed their approach to Israel.”
Status of the game: Biden’s team believes that President Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran deal was a catastrophic mistake, but Biden acknowledges that it will not be easy to put the agreement back together in a way that can last.