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Trump’s Israel envoy Friedman: Israel should not rely on US sharing its Iran views

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Former US ambassador to Israel David Friedman said that Israel should not rely on the US when it comes to Iran, as the nuclear talks falter and Israel more urgently sounds alarm bells about Tehran’s program.

“Right now, I think Israel should not rely on America having the same views that [Israel] has,” Friedman said in an interview broadcast Wednesday by Israel’s Channel 12.

“You have to trust yourself. You don’t trust in politics,” said Friedman, who served as former US president Donald Trump’s envoy to Israel.

Friedman said Trump did not want to go to war with Iran, and that his administration’s strategy against Iran was to crush the regime with sanctions.

“I think it would’ve worked had the Trump administration remained in office,” Friedman said.

He said the Iranian strategy by 2019 was to wait for the 2020 US election and hope for the best.

“Their view was, ‘If Biden wins, he’s anxious to get back into the deal, we’ll be ok,'” Friedman said. “They made a bet. Unfortunately, they won that bet.”

He refused........

© The Times of Israel

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