Minister: Israel Welcomes Trump’s Hard Line on Iran

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Minister Yisrael Katz. (Flash90)

Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz said Wednedsday that the Iran nuclear deal must be “fundamentally amended, and if not — cancelled.”

Katz said that he was encouraged by President Donald Trump’s stern threat to Iran during his meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday. Katz says Iranian concessions were only ever made out of fear of economic sanctions. But he said that the West made a mistake by not keeping up the pressure and signing an agreement with Iran too soon.

Katz added that Macron and his European colleagues “must understand that putting heavy pressure on Iran today can prevent violence and perhaps war tomorrow.”

Israel has been among the fiercest critics of the deal and has been urging Trump to follow through on his threat to cancel it.