Joe Biden welcomed Naftali Bennett and vowed to take further action should diplomacy fail with Iran.

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source: bbc.com

Joe Biden welcomed Naftali Bennett and vowed to take further action should diplomacy fail with Iran.

The leaders discussed the strategy against the nuclear threat, the relationship with the rest of the Arab countries in the Middle East, and the vaccination campaigns against COVID-19 of both countries.

US President Joe Biden sent a message to Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett at the White House on Friday that his country was ready to pursue other options if diplomacy with Iran failed.

Biden explained in a statement to the press before the start of his bilateral meeting that one of the issues he was going to address was the threat posed by Iran and a joint commitment with Israel that the Islamic Republic would never develop a nuclear weapon. ۔

"But let's put diplomacy first and see where it takes us; if diplomacy fails, we are ready to return to other options," said the US president.

The coalition led by Bennett - like the previous government of Benjamin Netanyahu - is fervently opposed to the 2015 Nuclear Agreement between Iran and the G5 + 1 powers, Joe Biden has proposed reunification after his predecessor Donald Trump's administration (2017-2021) pulled the United States out of the deal in 2018.

Benet this Friday celebrated Biden's words about the possibility that there are other options if the diplomatic channel does not work and that Iran "will never be able to acquire a nuclear weapon."

In this regard, he stressed that "these days illustrate what the world would be like if a radical Islamic government acquired a nuclear weapon, given the possibility that it" "It's a nightmare," he said.

Iran is the world's largest exporter of terrorism, instability and human rights abuses, and as we sit here now, Iranians are using centrifuges at the Natanz and Fordow (nuclear power plants).

We have to stop it," he cried.

Benet added that in the meeting with Biden, they were going to focus on two objectives: on the one hand, stopping "Iran's regional aggression and reversing its progress" and, on the other, preventing Tehran from achieving a nuclear weapon.

Another of the issues raised by both was the "unwavering commitment" of the United States to the security of Israel, as described by Biden, who expressed his full support for the restoration of Israel's Iron Dome air defense system after the military escalation in the United States. Gaza Strip last May.

The US president announced that they would also study progress in "peace, the security of Israelis and Palestinians."

Likewise, Biden expressed his support for Israel to develop "deeper" ties with its Arab and Muslim neighbors: "That is a trend that I think should be promoted, not discouraged, and we will do everything we can."

The Trump administration encouraged the normalization of relations between Israel and various Arab and Muslim countries under the so-called Abraham Accords.

However, Biden has been cautious about agreements that have been broken with one goal of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict: not to normalize relations between Arab countries and Israel until the Palestinian issue is resolved.

At the meeting held this Friday, another of the issues they discussed was the pandemic and the vaccination programs of the two countries.

On immunization, one of the points they talked about was the third dose of the vaccine against covid-19, which Israel began to apply earlier to specific age groups. The US has said it wants to start administering to all adults over 18 years as of September 20.

The meeting between Biden and Bennett at the White House, in the Israeli's first official trip since taking office, was scheduled for Thursday but was postponed due to the bombing at the Kabul airport, where there were more than 100 dead, including 13 US soldiers.