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Bennett: Israel is not bound to Iran deal if US returns

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Israel's Prime Minister Naftali Bennett speaks at the Reichman University's Institute for Policy and Strategy in the Mediterranean coastal city of Herzliya, Israel, on November 23, 2021.
JACK GUEZ / AFPIsrael's Prime Minister Naftali Bennett speaks at the Reichman University's Institute for Policy and Strategy in the Mediterranean coastal city of Herzliya, Israel, on November 23, 2021.

'Israel is a strong country, but it has to become even stronger,' the Prime Minister stated

Israel's Prime Minister Naftali Bennett signaled readiness on Tuesday to step up confrontation with Iran, stating that Israel is not bound by any Iranian nuclear deal.

Negotiations will begin November 29 regarding reviving the 2015 deal, which former-president Donald Trump withdrew from. 

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Bennett, who took power in June, described Iran in a speech as being at "the most advanced stage of its nuclear program," at the Institute for Policy and Strategy at Reichman University in Herzliya.

Bennett also described how Israel "fell asleep" after the signing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal. 

“The mistake we made after the first nuclear deal in 2015 will not repeat itself,” said Bennett. 

“With all the noise beforehand, from the moment the deal was signed, it affected us like a sleeping pill. Israel simply fell asleep on duty. We occupied ourselves with other things.”

“We will learn from this mistake,” he pledged. “We will maintain our freedom of action.”

While his government previously said it would be open to a new nuclear deal with tougher restrictions on Iran, Bennett reasserted Israel's autonomy to take action against Tehran.

"In any case, even if an agreement is renewed, Israel is not a party to the deal, Israel is not committed, and will not be committed, to an agreement."

"Israel is a strong country, but it has to become even stronger," he stated. "Iran is much more vulnerable than we may think."