US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan traveled to Israel to meet with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Wednesday, as Israel reiterated its objections to resurrecting a 2015 deal on Iran’s nuclear program.
Jake Sullivan arrived in the country late on Tuesday and held a meeting with Israeli President Isaac Herzog where, according to Herzog’s office, the latter expressed “alarm” over Iran’s “advance toward nuclear weapons under the cover of the Vienna discussions.”
In return for a reduction in its nuclear activity, Iran and major nations struck a 2015 deal in which Tehran agreed to limit its nuclear operations for sanctions relief.
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has accused Iran of “nuclear blackmail” and of leveraging sanctions relaxation to obtain weapons that may attack Israeli citizens.
A senior US administration official told reporters that Iran would be “quite high on the agenda,” prior to Sullivan’s visit to Israel.
Sullivan is also expected to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the occupied West Bank.