Israeli officials say that the White House is still seeking to reach a nuclear deal with Iran despite the comments by President Joe Biden who said earlier the deal is “dead”.
Israeli daily Haaretz wrote Tuesday that Israeli officials believe the Biden administration is still aiming to reach a nuclear agreement with the Islamic Republic and has the support of the US defense establishment while the recently emerged footage showing President Biden saying the deal was “dead” has gone viral on social media.
In this video, the US President confirmed that the deal was “dead”, but he said he could not announce it officially for “a lot of reasons”.
Biden did not give a direct answer about the “reasons” why Washington refuses to officially announce this. Israeli officials say this might have been a slip of the tongue by Biden.
Israeli officials quoted by Haaretz claim that Washington knows it will be difficult for the Iranian regime to suppress the recent protests without improving the economic situation and therefore concluding the deal may be in their interest.
These officials who have been in touch with their US counterparts have also given the impression that despite the challenging situation, a significant twist in the nuclear deal was coming within in a few months.
However, an Israeli official told Haaretz that “Israel has no practical capacity to attack Iran effectively without the support and cooperation of the US, and anyone who says otherwise is willfully lying.”