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Israel Seeks Compensation for Possible Losses of Any Agreement with Iran

Israel Seeks Compensation for Possible Losses of Any Agreement with Iran

Monday, 10 January, 2022 - 08:30
Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid after a government meeting in Jerusalem. (EPA file photo)

The Israeli government, headed by Naftali Bennett, will demand compensation if a nuclear agreement between the US and Iran is established, revealed sources in Tel Aviv.

Israel would request the United States to compensate for the losses and damage it would incur if such an agreement is reached.

A political official in Tel Aviv said that Israel will seek these compensations because the agreement with Iran is an "existential issue" for Israel, regional countries, and the whole world.

The official indicated that if Iran achieves a breakthrough in its nuclear program due to loopholes in the agreement, it will be a disaster for humanity, and Israel will be its first victim.

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid spoke with French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday about the ongoing nuclear negotiations in Vienna between world powers and Iran.

They discussed the "nuclear talks and Israel's demand to put pressure on Iran".

Lapid also congratulated Macron on France's assumption of the presidency of the Council of the European Union and "emphasized the importance of strengthening the relationship between Israel and the EU," said the Foreign Ministry.

Meanwhile, Space Agency chairman, Major General Isaac Ben-Israel warned against exerting Israeli pressure on the US.

He said the pressure applied by former PM Benjamin Netanyahu to cancel the nuclear deal were a "strategic mistake."

Ben-Israel, who is one of Israel's most prominent nuclear experts, explained that it is difficult to imagine how Tel Aviv committed such an error, describing it as the most "serious strategic mistake in Israel's history."

He noted that the attack on Iran's nuclear facilities 10-15 years ago could have halted the progress of its program for decades, but any attack today will only lead to a short and temporary delay.

"How to ensure Iranians will not want a nuclear bomb? The answer is straightforward, pay them," he said, referring to economic sanctions.

He pointed out that the Israeli air force can currently destroy the nuclear facilities in Iran, but Tehran can restore them within two years.

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