19 January 2023

National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan met with Prime Minister Netanyahu and other senior Israeli officials. According to a White House readout, he reaffirmed “the U.S.’s unwavering commitment to Israel’s security and to countering the continued threats posed by Iran to Israel, the U.S. and the wider region”. Sullivan further underscored “the U.S. commitment to ensure Iran can never acquire a nuclear weapon”, and the two sides also discussed “Ukraine, as well as the burgeoning defence partnership between Russia and Iran and its implications for security in the Middle East region”. Sullivan also had a joint meeting with his Israeli, Bahraini and Emirati counterparts. Foreign Minister Eli Cohen called for “massive, immediate and comprehensive pressure” against Iran, and according to Israel’s Defence Ministry, a meeting between Sullivan and senior Israeli defence officials concentrated on “the regional and global threat posed by Iran’s activities, with an emphasis on the activity to achieve nuclear capability and the importance of preparing a response to this threat, alongside harnessing the international community”.

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