Gantz heading to US to push back against emerging Iran nuke deal

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Head of Blue and White party Benny Gantz speaks at the annual international Municipal Innovation Conference in Tel Aviv, on February February 20, 2020. Photo by Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90 *** Local Caption *** מדבר ישראל שלטון מקומי חדשנות בני גנץ כחול לבן

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz has announced that he will travel to the United States on Thursday for meetings with senior American defense officials, against the backdrop of the emerging deal to revive the 2015 nuclear accord with Iran.

“We will do everything we can to influence the agreement,” Gantz was quoted by Israeli media saying on Tuesday.

“On the mountains of Israel you will fall, you and all your troops and the nations with you. I will give you as food to all kinds of carrion birds and to the wild animals.” Ez. 39:4

He added that he had been in touch with leaders of Middle East countries to coordinate their positions on the ongoing nuclear talks in Vienna, which appear to be reaching an end-point.

Gantz made clear that Israel would not be bound to any deal and that Jerusalem would “maintain its freedom of action as needed,” according to the reports.

Shortly thereafter, former prime minister Naftali Bennett weighed in, calling on U.S. President Joe Biden to scrap the negotiations.

Bennett, who currently holds the position of alternate prime minister, tweeted: “This agreement will send approximately a quarter of a trillion dollars to the Iranian terror administration’s pocket and to its regional proxies and will enable Iran to develop, install and operate centrifuges, with almost no restrictions, in a mere two years. One way or another, the State of Israel is not a party to the agreement.

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