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Bennett to US congressmen: Preventing a nuclear Iran is America’s interest

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Days ahead of his first visit as prime minister to Washington, Naftali Bennett told a bipartisan group of congressmen that it is in America’s national security interest to prevent the nuclear arms race that would occur were Iran to attain nuclear weapons capability, a participant in the meeting told the Times of Israel on Tuesday.

During the August 19 Zoom call, Bennett told the representatives that “every country that Iran touches becomes a failed state” and that “preventing a cascade of failed states” is also in America’s interest.

Bennett revealed that he had initiated a month-and-a-half-long policy review process on Iran upon taking office, and came to the conclusion that going back to JCPOA is no longer possible.

Bennett has long publicly opposed the Joe Biden administration’s stated plan to reenter the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which former US president Donald Trump pulled out of in 2018.

The virtual meeting was attended by Democrat Lou Correa of California, and Republicans Jack Bergman of Michigan, Rick Allen of Georgia, Morgan Griffith of Virginia, Neal Dunn of Florida, and Jackie Walorski of Indiana.

The prime minister spoke about the US-Israel relationship at some length.

He stressed that Israel will never ask the US to send troops on its behalf. If needed, he said, Israel will provide the “boots on the ground” so that the US doesn’t have to.

All Israel asks is US backing and support, Bennett said.

The prime minister also lamented the fact that Israel has become a partisan issue in the US, but added that the bipartisan makeup of the call showed that the parties are not as divided on Israel as it may........

© The Times of Israel

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