| 26 September 2022, Monday |

Israel Warns Region Will Pay ‘Heavy’ Price over Nuclear Deal

Any agreement between western powers and Iran to revive the nuclear deal, under the current conditions, will have deteriorating outcomes on the region, warned Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett

“Our position is well-known and clear: An agreement – according to the apparent terms – will damage the ability to deal with the nuclear program,” the PM said at the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem.

“Whoever thinks that an agreement will increase stability – is mistaken,” he stressed, adding that a deal will temporarily delay enrichment “but all of us in the region will pay a heavy, disproportionate price for it.”

Bennett also stressed that the greatest threat against Israel is Iran.

The PM’s speech came as the Israeli Director of the National Security Council (NSC) prepares to present to the government an assessment of the situation and national security policy for 2022.

Bennett said that in recent weeks, Iran has been ramping up its attacks to exercise terrorism in the region.

“We are currently closing gaps and building up Israel’s military strength for years and even decades to come. Israel will maintain freedom of action in any case, with or without an agreement,” the PM said.

He also addressed investors saying, “Every knowledgeable investor knows that investing in the Iranian regime, in the Iranian economy, is an unwise investment in both the long and intermediate terms.”middleastmonitor