29 January 2023

Speaking alongside Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Prime Minister Netanyahu remarked that “we’ve had very good discussions on forging a common policy [on Iran], on trying to work together to thwart the danger… My policy is to do everything within Israel’s power to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them and that will remain so. But obviously the fact that we and the U.S. are working together is something that is important for this common goal as well”. In turn, Blinken indicated that “we agree that Iran must never be allowed to acquire a nuclear weapon, and we discussed deepening cooperation to confront and counter Iran’s destabilising activities in the region and beyond. Just as Iran has long supported terrorists that attack Israelis and others, the regime is now providing drones that Russia is using to kill innocent Ukrainian civilians. In turn, Russia is providing sophisticated weaponries to Iran. It’s a two-way street”. Separately, Foreign Minister Cohen argued that the Abraham Accords “created a unique opportunity in the form of a regional coalition against the Iranian threat”, adding: “My goal is to strengthen [them]… and to expand relations with additional countries”. He also asserted that “the international community must act quickly and effectively against Iran’s nuclear program”. Blinken also met with President Herzog and Defence Minister Gallant where Iran was a topic of discussion.

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