Bennett: Israel Won’t Be Bound by Any Nuclear Deal With Iran

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Prime Minister Naftali Bennett attends a Defense and Foreign Affairs Committee meeting at the Knesset, Monday. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett told the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Monday that Israel will not be bound by any nuclear deal with Iran and will continue to consider itself free to act against its nemesis if necessary.

“In regard to the nuclear talks in Vienna, we are definitely concerned… Israel is not a side to the agreements. Israel is not bound by what will be written in the agreements, if they are signed, and Israel will continue to maintain full freedom of action anywhere, anytime, with no constraints,” he said in public remarks in a briefing to the committee.

“Iran is the head of an octopus that constantly threatens Israel via its proxies,” he said. “We shifted from defense to offense consistently. Israel is not a part of the agreements and is not obligated by them. Israel will maintain unlimited freedom to act.”

Bennett told the committee that the security situation of Israel is good and getting better.

Some experts have questioned whether Israel, on its own, has the military capabilities to halt what it says is an Iranian quest for nuclear weapons. Iran denies that it seeks atomic arms.