After Donald Trump decertified the Iran nuclear deal, his Israeli counterpart had kind words for the move. The Times of Israel's Stuart Winer reports that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the decision, saying that it gave the world a chance to fix the broken nuclear agreement:
“I commend the president for taking a historic and bold decision to avert this danger in time,” Netanyahu said. “He could have kicked the can down the road. He could have said ‘this isn’t going to happen on my watch, so I’ll just let it go,’ but he didn’t. He faced up to this danger and I think he gave an opportunity for all of us in the Middle East and beyond to fix this deal. Fix it or nix it. Because it could be very very dangerous if it just went through.”
The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the nuclear control accord reached between Iran and the so-called P5+1 — Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States — was signed in 2015 and saw economic sanctions on Iran lifted in return for limitations place on it nuclear program to prevent it from producing nuclear weapons. Israeli officials, led by Netanyahu, opposed the deal, saying it did not go far enough to prevent Iran from going nuclear in the future.
Trump announced Friday that he would not recertify the nuclear deal and vowed to also take a tougher approach toward Tehran’s ballistic missile program and support for terrorism.
Regional support for Trump comes not just for Israel, Netanyahu said, but also from “key Arab states,” such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
“When Israel and the Arab states agree on something then you should pay attention,” Netanyahu said...