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Bennett, Biden and…Iran

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28.08.2021

It is customary after meetings between Heads of State to relate to them as ”successful” and ”helpful” due to their very existence, and the temptation is also to define the Bennett-Biden meeting as such. Not this meeting, and not in this timing.

President Biden was bending over backwards to signal, that Bennett was THE ”good” Israeli P.M, as opposed to the jibe directed at Netanyahu, the ”bad” Israeli one, but beyond and besides the niceties and the small talk, this was an important meeting, perhaps even crucial, because it was preceded by and ended with Bennett reiterating the fact, that overshadowed the entire meeting, and this is that Iran is SO close to the point where it could develop nuclear weapons and IF this is the case, and IF Israel is serious about that, then we are very close to the twelfth hour. The moment when an Israeli leader has to make a decision which can be defined as nothing short of being existential. So, it was not the Palestinian issue, not the Covid-19 situation which was THE pivotal point of the discussion, and since this is the case, it is important to establish an important fact: Bennett sent a clear message of extreme urgency about Iran, Biden did not.

The joint statement about” Iran never acquiring nuclear weapons ”is not new, and was made in the past by previous American presidents, nor also the reference to ”other options are on the table”. No need to either be overwhelmed by these words, as if they should calm down the stretched nerves of the Israeli leadership or also to dismiss them as insignificant. It is important, but it is the kind of statement whose REAL importance lies in viewing the overall context in which it was made. Here is the realistic context-the US is leaking its wounds as a result of the........

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