Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel not bound by international agreements with Tehran.
The head of Israel’s spy agency, the Mossad, briefed members of the Israeli cabinet Sunday morning on recent developments in the Middle East. His main message to the ministers was that Iran, which in the past has threatened to wipe Israel off the map, has been steadily encroaching on more and more territory in the region, either directly or by proxy, using affiliated organizations in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Yemen.
“Iran is acting to encroach on any territory relinquished by ISIS,” Mossad Chief Yossi Cohen told the ministers.
Cohen further added that the Islamic Republic has not given up its ambition to be a threshold nuclear state and that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, also known as the Iran Nuclear Agreement, signed between Tehran and world powers in 2015, only strengthened its desire to reach that goal and increased it belligerency in the region.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu noted that Israel was not a party to the agreement, nor is it bound by its terms. He said that Cohen’s briefing provided clear evidence that the underlying assumptions that provided the basis for the agreement were wrong to begin with.
The statements by the Israeli leaders appear to lend support to the policies of US President Donald Trump, who has accused Iran of violating the agreement and put in place new sanctions to punish it.