The Israeli Foreign Minister affirmed that Tel Aviv had reached an agreement behind the scenes with Washington, according to which none of the other countries would be surprised with regard to negotiations to return to the nuclear agreement with Iran.
Yediot Aharonot newspaper reported that Minister Gabi Ashkenazi said during a meeting with Israeli ambassadors in Asia that relations with the administration of US President Joe Biden are good, adding that he is discussing the Iranian issue with his American counterpart Anthony Blinken.
Ashkenazi added that “if someone believes that the Americans will rush quickly to reach an agreement with Iran, this has not happened yet, and I hope it will not happen.” Security forces have taken a decision to enter into dialogue with the American administration to discuss Israeli interests and how to reach an excellent agreement that protects Israeli and regional interests, and prevents Iran from being nuclear. “
He stressed that “the Israeli policy is to exhaust this dialogue, and to talk with the Americans as allies and through an internal professional dialogue.”
In response to the question of the Israeli ambassador to India, Ron Malik, about the increasing security threats to Israeli embassies, especially after an explosion occurred in front of the Israeli embassy in New Delhi on January 29, Ashkenazi said, “The danger is great and real. There is no doubt that there is an Iranian desire to harm Israeli targets, and therefore.” We all have to be vigilant. “
Regarding the signing of more peace agreements with Israel, Ashkenazi said: “I will not be surprised if the circle of normalization agreements expands during 2021, and this will be a challenge for us.”
As for the upcoming Palestinian elections, Ashkenazi said that “this time it appears to be a more serious step than previous attempts, considering that the elections serve the agenda of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas,” adding that the “Hamas” movement is holding a conference in Egypt, which he described as “the sponsor of this step.” And that attempts are being made in Egypt to reach understandings. “There are differences, but I estimate that they will reach the legislative council elections in May.” According to the newspaper, Ashkenazi said that he is concerned about the increase in the strength of “Hamas” in the Gaza Strip, and that Israel is following the events.
Source: Israel 24