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Bennett: Only Iran Deal Acceptable to Israel Is No Nuclear Weapon Program

Bennett isn’t willing to legitimize Iran’s right to enrich uranium for nuclear weapons, as negotiations about the 2015 nuclear deal continue.
Bennett: Only Iran deal acceptable to Israel is no nuclear weapon program
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in a press conference on January 11, 2022 (photo credit: NOAM RIVKIN-PANTON/FLASH90)

The Jerusalem Post

An Iran deal acceptable to Israel would not allow the Islamic Republic to enrich uranium at high levels, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said Tuesday in a video conference with the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Asked what kind of agreement between world powers and Iran would be one Israel approves of, he responded: “Effectively, that Iran has to give up its nuclear-weapon program.”

“Why would anyone legitimize their right to enrich uranium at a massive capacity?” Bennett asked. “They are now enriching at 60% grade in these huge factories. Why are they doing it? You don’t need 60% [enriched] uranium for anything but a nuclear weapon.”

His remarks come as the P5+1 negotiates with Iran to return to compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal, which restricted Tehran’s uranium enrichment to 3.67% and cut almost all of its stockpile of enriched uranium.

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