Israel Urging Western Powers to Quit Nuclear Talks with Iran

By Zalman Ahnsaf

The atomic symbol and the Iranian flag are seen in this illustration. (REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration//File Photo)

YERUSHALAYIM — Israel urged the U.S. and western powers on Thursday to put an end to negotiations with Iran to revive the 2015 nuclear accord.

“The Europeans sent Iran a final offer, which doesn’t even meet the demands that the Americans committed to, and established that this offer was ‘take it or leave it,’” said a senior Israeli official at the highest level of decision-making on Thursday.

“Iran turned down the offer, and the time has come to get up and walk away,” the official added. “Anything else sends a strong message of weakness.”

Earlier that day, Prime Minister Yair Lapid said much the same thing in a phone call with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

A readout of their conversation issued by the Prime Minister’s Office said that “the two leaders discussed the Iranian nuclear issue. The Prime Minister reiterated Israel’s opposition to a return to the nuclear agreement, and the need for Europe to send a clear and unequivocal message that there will be no more concessions to Iran. 

“Prime Minister Lapid added that Europe must oppose Iran buying time in negotiations.”

He also lobbied U.S. Ambassador Tom Nides, and Florida congressman Ted Deutch, chairman of the House Subcommittee on the Middle East, North Africa and Global Counterterrorism, to call quits to the talks with Tehran.

During Thursday’s briefing, the senior Israeli official cited a May 30 report by the International Atomic Energy Agency to the effect that Iran was not providing credible responses to the nuclear watchdog’s questions, saying that report should “set off a bright red warning light for the international community.” National Security Adviser Eyal Hulata is slated to fly to Washington next week for meetings with U.S. officials on the Iran nuclear program

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