As President Joe Biden continues to hide from his foreign policy debacle in Afghanistan, he recently met with Israel’s newly-elected Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and discussed topics such as the Biden administration’s hopes that they can revive a new nuclear deal with Iran.
According to Newsmax, Biden pledged that his administration will seek a diplomatic approach to reengage in a possible nuclear deal with the country, but said that if those efforts fail, the administration will consider “other options,” stopping short of expanding on what those options might look like.
“We’re putting diplomacy first and seeing where that takes us,” Biden said Friday during his meeting. “But if diplomacy fails, we’re ready to turn to other options.”
The meeting between the two world leaders was postponed an entire day given the tragic developments in Afghanistan that resulted in the loss of 13 U.S. service members.
Bennett’s alternate plans
As it was reported, Bennett isn’t exactly a fan of returning to an Iranian nuclear deal like the one brokered under former President Barack Obama and then eliminated by Donald Trump, and part of his intention of meeting with Biden was to express that concern.
The new Israeli prime minister reportedly has his own plans in mind as far as how to prevent Iran — a country that poses a grave, perpetual threat to Israel’s existence — from continuing down their current path of developing their nuclear weapon program.
While the details of Bennett’s plans weren’t made available, Newsmax pointed out that Bennett seemed to express some level of satisfaction that he and Biden were “on the same page.”
“Iran is the world’s number one exporter of terror, instability, and human rights violations,” Bennett said. “And as we sit here right now the Iranians are spinning their centrifuges in Natanz and Fordo. And we got to stop it, and we both agree.”
Why scrap the deal?
While Biden and his advisers promised during his 2020 campaign that they would work tirelessly to put a new nuclear deal on the table, Bennett argued that the primary reason why it’s not a good idea — at this point — to offer Iran any kind of sanctions relief as part of a deal is that they’ve already advanced their program significantly.
The PM went on to add that if the Iranian regime successfully brings its nuclear weapons program fully operational, “That marriage would be a nuclear nightmare for the entire world.”
While the two leaders seemed to be in agreeance on what needs to happen, they were forced to downplay earlier controversies regarding their very different positions on establishing a Palestinian state — an idea very much not favored by Bennett.
Only time will tell if Bennett and Biden are able to work together on a new plan to prevent Iran from completing its ultimate goal of becoming a nuclear power, but in the mean time, it’s not a stretch to presume that with Biden’s Afghanistan disaster, American adversaries, like Iran, will attempt to fully exploit the weakened state of this great nation.