New Iran deal 'worse' than predecessor: Israeli FM
During a Yesh Atid bloc meeting in Knesset, Israeli occupation Foreign Minister Yair Lapid says the nuclear deal developing in Vienna is worse than its predecessor.
The nuclear deal forming with Iran in Vienna is worse than the former accord, Israeli occupation Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said during a meeting with his Knesset bloc Monday.
He told Yesh Atid the world "cannot agree to Iran's conditions" in the nuclear negotiations. "Billions of dollars should not get pumped into it," he added.
"Iran is asking world powers for a bonus on the agreement: abolishing the designation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organization," Lapid said on Twitter.
"[Iran] wants to avoid the designation of Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, the Houthis in Yemen as terrorists," he further claimed.
Discussing the latest developments in nuclear negotiations on Sunday, Lapid stressed that "Israel is not bound by the nuclear agreement."
Israeli Channel 13 reported that Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett "stylishly, but sharply" criticized the United States' behavior, adding that Bennett spoke of an "agreement that will pump money into Iran and exacerbate attacks on Israel."
Channel 13 military affairs commentator Alon Ben David declared that the return to the nuclear agreement with Iran was expected and "should not surprise anyone."
Israeli media said Monday Israeli sources were not sure "Tel Aviv" would be able to impede the resumption of the nuclear talks, "knowing that the Iranians will determine how close we are to the deal."
Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported on the confessions of a senior Israeli official, who said: "Israel's influence on the agreement between Iran and major powers is close to zero."