US Rejects Israeli PM’s Criticism Of Iran Nuclear Talks

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Few things are more predictable than Israeli officials taking time out of their busy schedule to complain about Iran, with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett going in hard in condemning Iran’s nuclear talks lately.

Those talks are making progress expected to result in a deal, however, and likely anticipating a new salvo of Israeli comments, the State Department is criticizing Bennett’s comments, saying that coordination would be the best way to achieve their mutual goals.

“After many days you will be called to arms. In future years you will invade a land that has recovered from war, whose people were gathered from many nations to the mountains of Israel, which had long been desolate.” Ez. 38:8 NIV

Ebrahim Raisi, a candidate in Iran’s presidential elections waves to the media after casting his vote at a polling station in Tehran, Iran Friday, June 18, 2021. Iran began voting Friday in a presidential election tipped in the favor of a hard-line protege of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, fueling public apathy and sparking calls for a boycott in the Islamic Republic. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

We cannot make the same mistake another time and put off another opportunity for diplomatic progress,” a Biden admin spokesperson said in response to Israeli criticism. The reference to “same mistake” was to Trump’s 2018 move to unilaterally pull the United States out of the JCPOA nuclear deal.

“We believe that diplomacy, alongside coordination with our allies in the region, is the best way to achieve our goal,” the official added. “We will not respond in the media about details from the talks.”

Officials say they are in contact with Israel on a daily basis, consulting on the process. Israeli officials are playing up the idea that the deal is regionally dangerous.

US interest would be in Israel keeping its mouth shut on the matter.

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