As JCPOA talks resumed in Vienna, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett asserted that Iran was seeking “to end sanctions in exchange for almost nothing.... Iran deserves no rewards, no bargain deals and no sanctions relief in return for their brutality”. Bennett added: “I call upon our allies around the world: Do not give in to Iran’s nuclear blackmail”. The same day, meeting his UK counterpart, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid argued that “the Iranians are coming to these talks for only one reason – to get sanctions lifted… They need money. For Hizbollah, for the Revolutionary Guards, for their global terrorist network and for their continued race towards a nuclear weapon”. Too, Defence Minister Benny Gantz asserted that “there needs to be a price that is expressed in economic sanctions and military activities so that the Iranians halt their nuclear race and their regional aggression. We don’t oppose the talks, but we can’t allow deceptions… We can’t absolve ourselves as the strong and independent State of Israel from putting up our own solutions to defend ourselves with our own hands if we decide that is what we must do”.
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