Israel’s Intelligence Minister Urges Netanyahu to Lobby Trump on New Iran Deal

Minister Yisrael Katz with Benjamin Netanyahu at weekly cabinet meeting (GPO)

Israel’s Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz urged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to lobby President Donald Trump to change or cancel the Iran nuclear deal at his upcoming meeting with the U.S. leader in late September.

US President Donald Trump visits the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray, in Jerusalem’s Old City on May 22, 2017. (AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN)
Iran needs to be forced to sign a new agreement, one that will never let it advance to nuclear weapons, as President Trump promised, and which will also include the issues of missiles and Iran’s support of terror,” Katz said in a speech at a IDC Herzliya’s annual Counter-Terrorism conference.

Katz, who also serves as transportation minister, said the deal “protects Iran’s ability to get nuclear capabilities in the future.”

The Iran nuclear program’s heavy water reactor near Arak. Credit: Nanking2012 via Wikimedia Commons.

Netanyahu is scheduled to meet with Trump during his Sept. 26 visit to New York to address the United Nations General Assembly.  Netanyahu has been an outspoken critic of the Iran nuclear deal and had pressed former President Barack Obama against it. During the 2016 campaign, Trump repeatedly called the deal “disastrous” and promised to “rip it up.”

While Trump has yet to make any changes to the deal, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley suggested recently that Trump may not certify the Iran deal and let Congress decide its fate.