Prime Minister Naftali Bennett still has not decided on an Iran strategy, though he seems to be flirting with returning to the approach of the previous government, former Mossad director Tamir Pardo said on Tuesday.

Speaking at a conference at Reichman University, Pardo said: “The question is whether Israel has a strategy regarding Iran… I think Israel still does not have a strategy. But it seems to me that the trend is for Israel to return to what was before,” referring to thematic similarities between the prior government and an earlier speech given by Bennett at the conference. 
Pardo was a firm critic of former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s policy which advocated open, strong criticism of the US-sponsored 2015 JCPOA nuclear deal and of the Biden administration’s hope to return to the deal.

In contrast, the former Mossad chief has said that with all of its holes, the deal also has advantages and that Jerusalem must not fight with the US in public over Iran-related policy differences.
Rather, he has said Israel should work quietly behind the scenes to convince Washington to improve the deal. READ MORE

Ex-Mossad chief Pardo: Bennett has no Iran strategy

Josh Toupos

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