The head of the Mossad moves to the USA


Following the defense minister and the prime minister’s national security adviser, the head of Israel’s Mossad spy agency will travel to Washington within days for talks on Iran’s nuclear energy program, a senior Israeli official told AFP on Sunday.

David Barnea “will go to Washington (…) for closed-door meetings in Congress on the Iran deal,” said the source, who asked not to be named.

Israel is currently waging a “last-minute” diplomatic offensive to try to persuade the West not to renew the international agreement on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear energy program — officially the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) — signed in 2015. .Then US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew his country from the agreement three years later.

Western powers must “stop” negotiating with Tehran, as if there is an agreement Iran will gain “billions” of dollars and “destabilize” the Middle East, Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid argued last Wednesday while speaking to the foreign press in Jerusalem .

The head of the Israeli government, who is campaigning ahead of new early parliamentary elections in Israel on November 1, clarified that he is not opposed to any possible agreement, but is not in favor of the one currently being negotiated by Iran on the one hand and the another the USA, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany.

“The State of Israel is not opposed to an agreement. It is both possible and necessary to push Iran to sign a better deal, one that the US has already called longer and more strengthened,” Mr. Lapid told the Israeli press yesterday Sunday.

“Longer means an agreement without an expiry date, as French President Emmanuel Macron has suggested. “More strengthened means that the agreement will also touch on Iran’s ballistic missile development program and that country’s involvement in terrorism in the Middle East,” the Israeli prime minister added.

For such an agreement to be reached, Iran must be put under the pressure of a “credible military threat”, Mr Lapid added, declaring that the Israeli army and Mossad had been “instructed to prepare for all scenarios”.

The Israeli Prime Minister’s National Security Adviser, Ayal Hulata, and the Israeli Defense Minister, Benny Gantz, visited Washington in recent days for talks on this critical file.

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