Senior Israeli source: Mossad chief Barnea to travel to Washington to talk Iran

Israel's spy chief will appear before the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee next week, source says, adding that military threats 'is the only language that the Iranians understand'

Itamar Eichner|
Mossad Director David Barnea will travel to Washington next week and will appear before the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee as part of Israel's campaign to thwart a return to the Iran nuclear deal, a senior political source told Ynet on Sunday.
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  • "The only thing that would lead to a good agreement is a military threat. This is the only language that the Iranians understand, and this is the only thing that would deter them from playing hob with the agreements," the source said.
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    Mossad Director David Barnea
    Mossad Director David Barnea
    Mossad Director David Barnea
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    "Israel too knows how to flex its muscles, though in a different fashion than the Americans, and it will put them into use if need be."
    The source said that Jerusalem's first order of business would be demonstrating how the understandings devised so far as part of the emerging agreement do not align with U.S. President Joe Biden's own stated pledges.
    Additionally, according to the latest draft, the agreement will funnel $100 billion to Tehran's coffers without presenting any measures to rein in its destabilizing actions across the Middle East.
    The source enumerated a list of achievements he claimed the Israeli side managed to secure from Washington, including keeping the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) on its list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations, preventing the closure of ongoing investigations into alleged infractions in Iran's nuclear program and postponing the lifting of Western sanctions on Iran's economy to later stages in the implementation of the agreement.
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    נשיא ארה"ב ג'ו ביידן בנאום בבית הלבן 24 באוגוסט
    נשיא ארה"ב ג'ו ביידן בנאום בבית הלבן 24 באוגוסט
    U.S. President Joe Biden
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    Furthermore, the source added that Israeli officials are discussing additional claims that have yet to be revealed. Jerusalem was also working to tighten cooperation with the U.S., Great Britain and France while trying to slow-walk the lifting of some of the sanctions on Iran.
    Alongside the diplomatic efforts, the source stated that Israel was building an independent military option against Iran while continuing in its efforts to sabotage Tehran's nuclear proliferation deep within Iranian soil.
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