A video of US President Joe Biden saying the nuclear deal with Iran is “dead” has gone viral among Israelis with former premier saying it is “a great achievement for his government”.
In a tweet on Tuesday, former prime minister Neftali Bennett said, “Great achievement by our government! Quietly, and through a series of diplomatic and other wise actions, we managed to stop the return to the nuclear deal without confronting the United States.”
“We also brought the fight against Iran’s terrorism (and not just the nuclear program) from Israel's borders to Iran’s soil. We hit the head of the octopus to weaken its tentacles. The new government should continue the same process,” he added.
During an interview with a New York Times columnist on June 21, Bennett talked about his “Octopus doctrine,” saying Israel hits Tehran at the head of the octopus rather than its tentacles that have spread across the region.
Biden’s video, which was published on Twitter for the first time by Damon Maghsoudi, a software engineer living in the United States, was recorded on the sidelines of the November 4th election campaign in California.
In this video, the US President clearly confirmed that the JCPOA is “dead”, but he said he cannot announce it for “a lot of reasons”.
Although Biden does not give a direct answer about the “reasons” why Washington refuses to officially announce this, concerns about Iran’s progress towards obtaining a nuclear weapon could be the main reason for leaving the door open with the Islamic Republic.