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In 2015, new national security adviser saw Iran nuclear deal as ‘lesser evil’

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13.07.2021

In the run-up to the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, Eyal Hulata, the new national security adviser to Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, held the opinion that the accord was the lesser evil when compared to no deal at all, The Times of Israel has learned.

Hulata, serving in the Mossad at the time, made his opinion clear at various internal forums in the lead-up to the signing of the deal, according to senior officials who were involved at the time in Israel’s response to Iran’s nuclear program.

The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Hulata took the view that Israel should not fervently push back against the United States as it worked to broker the 2015 deal — contrary to the position adopted at the time by then-prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Hulata, who served in the Mossad for more than 20 years and was tapped for the key post on Sunday, reportedly advised that Israel should learn to live with the nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

During the years leading up to the signing of the JCPOA, Hulata headed the Mossad spy agency’s department for strategic planning and its technology unit.

Israel’s security leadership had been mulling how to handle the current negotiations between Iran and world powers as they attempt to bring the US and Iran back into the deal that was abandoned by Donald Trump in 2018.

Netanyahu took a particularly hard line against the US government that culminated in his 2015 speech to Congress, in which he attacked the emerging pact under then-US president Barack Obama. The Israeli leader was invited to speak to Congress by........

© The Times of Israel


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