What is Israel’s relationship with Iran?
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Israel’s relations with Iran have been deteriorating ever since the Islamic Republic began its nuclear weapons program, but the country’s political leaders have remained uninterested in discussing the situation.
“The Israeli people are deeply concerned about the deterioration of relations with the Iranian regime, and there is no doubt that they are not interested in the implementation of a deal that would lead to the elimination of the nuclear threat,” Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman said on Sunday.
He said that Israel has never signed any agreement with Iran, and that the current negotiations on the nuclear issue are a political and not a legal issue.
“Israel has no intention of signing any agreement on the basis of its agreement with the Islamic republic,” Liberman continued.
“No agreement with respect to the Islamic state can be concluded unless the nuclear issues are addressed,” he added.
In his address to the UN General Assembly on Monday, Liberman cited Israel’s recent decision to shut down the Strait of Hormuz, a major shipping lane, as a direct result of Iranian nuclear-related pressure.
“There is no justification for closing the Strait,” he said.
“We cannot afford to do anything to exacerbate tensions.”
Liberman also said Israel had no plans to close the Mediterranean seaboard, which it used to ferry Iranian goods to Europe, and criticized Iran’s military buildup.
“Iran’s military expansion is the main obstacle to the world peace and security,” Libermans statement read.
“Our policy towards Iran has always been the opposite.
Israel has always stood by the US in the face of Iran’s provocative actions.
We always acted in the best interests of the US.”
Israel has been the target of attacks by Iranian-backed militias and terror groups, but there has been little sign of any new military aggression since the United States and its allies lifted the embargo in November, the last of the so-called “hot war” measures imposed after the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
“We are aware that there are some threats and there are others, and the threats are real and serious,” Libermen said.
He added that Israel had made a commitment to the United Nations to increase its support for the UNSC and its efforts to find a solution to the Iranian nuclear issue.
Israel’s relations with Iran have been deteriorating ever since the Islamic Republic began its nuclear weapons program, but the country’s…