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Head of Israel’s top intelligence agency reportedly warns US is ‘rushing’ into a bad patch nuclear deal with Iran.
Mossad chief David Barnea says at recent meeting that US is ‘rushing for a deal that is a lie’, Times of Israel announced Thursday.
Barnea was also quoted as saying the deal is “very bad for Israel” and “a strategic disaster”.
Barnea explained that the deal as it currently stands “gives Iran permission to amass the nuclear material needed for a bomb” while also offering financial benefits to Tehran that could help the country make advancing terror through proxies.
Several Israeli leaders past and present have spoken out against the reinstatement of an Iranian nuclear deal. The current prime minister this week urged President Joe Biden and Western powers to call off talks with Iran on the issue.
Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid called the emerging deal a “bad deal” and suggested Biden failed to meet the red lines he previously promised to set.
“Western countries are drawing a red line, the Iranians are ignoring it and the red line is moving,” Lapid told reporters at a news conference in Jerusalem. An emerging deal, Lapid said, “falls short of the standard set by President Biden himself: to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear state.”
The Biden Administration Wednesday responded to Iran’s latest offer to resume compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal, but neither side is offering a definitive path to reinvigorate the deal, which has been on life support since the former president Donald Trump stepped down in 2018.
State Department Spokesman Ned Price confirmed that the administration had completed its review of Iran’s comments on a European proposal. Price did not detail the administration’s response.
“As you know, we received Iran’s comments on the final text proposed by the EU via the EU,” Price said. “Our review of these comments is now complete. We responded to the EU today.”
The White House did not immediately respond to a Fox News Digital request for comment.
A White House spokesperson told Fox News Digital earlier this month, President Biden made it clear that he would not allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon and that the best way to ensure that is through diplomacy.
Associated Press contributed to this report