The Israeli Walla news website said today, Tuesday, that Washington has summoned the Israeli Defense Minister, Benny Gantz, amid fears that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will strike Iran to prevent his ouster as prime minister.
There was no comment from the Israeli government on this report, while the site itself, and the Israeli Army Radio in a second news, said that the aim of the visit was to discuss the development of the Iron Dome anti-missile system.
The Walla website said that Gantz is expected to leave this week on a quick visit to Washington to meet with US Defense Department officials, and he is expected to discuss the Iranian issue, along with other issues such as Operation Fences (the recent aggression on Gaza), regional affairs, and security procurement for the Israeli army. .
Earlier on Tuesday, Gantz rejected Netanyahu’s hint of friction and disagreement with Washington over the Iranian nuclear file.
Gantz said in a tweet on Twitter that the United States was and will continue to be Israel’s most important ally in maintaining its security superiority in the region, adding, “Israel does not and will not have a better partner than the United States.”
He also continued that even if there were differences, they would be resolved with direct speech in closed rooms, and not with defiant speech that could harm Israel’s security.
And earlier today, Netanyahu said – at the ceremony of the new chief of the Mossad taking over his duties – that if we have to choose, and I hope this will not happen, between friction with our great friend the United States and removing the existential threat, the removal of the existential threat will prevail.
Netanyahu added that he told US President Joe Biden that his government would continue to work to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, even if an agreement was reached with it.
Israel had opposed the United States’ return to the nuclear agreement with Iran after the administration of Donald Trump withdrew from it in 2018.
And recently, negotiations were launched in Vienna to revive the nuclear agreement between Iran and the United States, Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany, with the aim of returning Washington to the agreement and paving the way for Iran to retract its evasion of the restrictions imposed on it under it.
And last week, Iran held the fifth round of nuclear deal negotiations with the great powers, in the Austrian capital (Vienna), amid expectations that the United States will return to the agreement again after its withdrawal in May 2018.