On Wednesday, Axios reported that Israeli Minister for Strategic Affairs Ron Dermer and national security adviser Tzachi Hanegbi are scheduled to visit Washington next week for discussions with senior Biden administration officials. The visit comes amid increasing concerns regarding Iran’s nuclear program and the United States’ efforts to promote a peace agreement between Israel and Saudi Arabia.
The Axios report relied on sources from both Israel and the U.S., confirming that these talks aim to address these pressing issues. However, the specific dates for the meetings have yet to be finalized, according to an official from the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office. The White House National Security Council spokesperson told Axios that they have no official confirmation at this time.
The report highlighted statements that IDF Chief of Staff Gen. Herzi Halevi recently made that Iran’s uranium enrichment has reached an unprecedented level of advancement. He further revealed that Israel is closely monitoring other areas crucial to Iran’s potential nuclear capability, suggesting the nation’s weaponization efforts may be underway.
In terms of Saudi Arabia, Axios stated that the Israeli government seeks to collaborate with the Biden administration in pursuing a peace agreement with the kingdom.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is yet to receive an invitation for a meeting with President Biden at the White House.