With former Vice President Joe Biden on the verge of winning this week’s presidential election, ministers in Israel discussed what the Democratic candidate’s proposed Iran policy would mean for to their country.
Biden currently leads Trump in Nevada, Arizona and Georgia, and is quickly closing the gap in Pennsylvania – where his campaign is confident of a comfortable victory. Although the president is expected to take power in North Carolina and Alaska, these will not be enough to win a second term.
Biden is currently the most beloved to become president next January, although Trump’s campaign is expected to continue disinformation campaigns and legal challenges to stop him. .
America̵7;s allies – and America’s enemies – will now privately consider how to interact with the Biden administration. Some will wonder how best to chart the next two months of a lame but difficult and unpredictable president.
In Israel, the Iran nuclear deal is a big priority. Trump withdrew from the deal in May 2018 with the support of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who will be in power at least until 2021 when he is about to hand power over to the central Defense Secretary and coalition partner Benny Gantz. .
Biden wants to rejoin an agreement that has been negotiated by President Barack Obama’s administration, of which Biden is vice president. For many in Israel, this would be a strategic mistake and an existential threat to Israel’s national security.
Based on The Jerusalem PostSettlement Minister Tzachi Hanegbi told Military Radio on Wednesday that Biden’s position could lead to war, the trigger shot for counter-pressure against Iran from Israel.
Mr. Hanegbi said of the Iran deal officially known as the Comprehensive Plan of Action for a long time that he would return to the nuclear deal. “I see that is what will lead to the confrontation between Israel and Iran.”
Biden is a pro-Israel candidate, and dismisses calls from the progressive faction of his party to reassess America’s relationship with his longtime ally.
Democracy critics of Israel claim that Netanyahu oversaw a series of human rights abuses; promoting Palestinian settlements that are considered illegal by the United Nations and by most of the international community; and annexing occupied foreign land, with the threat of doing the same in areas of the West Bank.
But Biden has declared an “unshakable” commitment to Israel’s security. His administration will likely try to rebuild bridges with Palestinian representatives burned by Trump, but Biden is not expected to point out a completely different path for Israel despite concerns over Mr. Netanyahu’s behavior and politics.
Although Hanegbi told Military Radio that he is generally not concerned about the Biden administration, the former vice president’s readiness to intervene with Iran is an issue for him, Netanyahu and much of Israel.
He said the JCPOA was “mistaken – and it was a small understatement … If Biden kept that policy, eventually, there will be a violent confrontation between Israel and Iran,” he warned.
Iran announced it would no longer comply with the JCPOA following the assassination of top US commander Major General Qassem Soleimani in Iraq in January. Biden would have to ask Tehran to comply again, but suggested that he try and refrain from Iran’s ballistic missile program and the use of regional authorities.
Experts suspect he will be successful. And he has a small chance – in June Iran’s presidency will change hands and most expect a tough conservative faction to come to power.
However, Foreign and Defense Committee Chairman Knesset Zvi Hauser told Military Radio on Thursday that he expected Biden to improve JCPOA. “I think even if the Iran Agreement is renewed … it will be better than the previous one,” he said. “There’s a broad agreement that it has substantial flaws when it comes to the interests of the free world.”
Hauser said Biden had to accept that the original deal was flawed and that Iran had four more years of weapons research and arms inventory expansion. “This is a Middle East, in which Iran is much more dangerous, in which their weapons and technology are much more precise and dangerous,” he said. This is not only an issue of Israel but a problem for the whole world.
“Neither the Americans nor Israel will allow a nuclear Iran,” added Hauser.