Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday sent a clear message to the United States that Israel would not see itself bound by any agreement Washington might reach with Iran over its nuclear program.
Speaking at the start of a meeting of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, the prime minister appeared to react to reports that Washington was in renewed contact with Iran regarding moribund nuclear deal talks.
Netanyahu said that over the years Iran had replaced the Arab nations as the principal threat to Israel.
“More than 90 percent of our security issues stem from Iran and her [proxies],” he said, comparing them to a spreading cancer. “Our position is clear: Israel will not be bound by any deal with Iran and will continue to defend itself.”
Netanyahu said Israel remained opposed to a return to the original 2015 nuclear deal, which the US pulled out of under former president Donald Trump.