Iran remains focus of Biden-Herzog meeting

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United States President Joe Biden and his counterpart Isaac Herzog during their meeting on Wednesday focused heavily on Iran’s nuclear program and supply of Iranian weapons to Ukraine.

According to an Al-Jazeera report, the two presidents did not mention Palestinians during their press conference before the meeting, despite rising tensions and violence, particularly in the West Bank city of Nablus.

According to an Israeli presidential statement, the two leaders talked “primarily about the issue of Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons.”

While Tehran refuses to acknowledge pursuing nuclear weapons, Israel has remained hostile to US-Iran diplomatic efforts to resurrect the 2015 nuclear deal, under which Iran agreed to scale back its nuclear program in exchange for relief in nuclear sanctions.

Both leaders also revealed that will attend the COP27 U.N. climate change summit being held in Egypt next month.

Herzog while talking about unrest in Iran stated, “This is an example of Iran crushing their citizens while moving forward towards nuclear weapons and supplying lethal weapons that are killing innocent citizens in Ukraine.”

According to a white house official statement about the meeting, Biden did emphasize the importance of taking steps to de-escalate the issue in the West Bank.

Biden regarding the historic maritime deal between Israel and Lebanon stated that it was a historic breakthrough. It took a lot of courage for you to step up and step into it, and it took some real guts, and I think it took principle and persistent diplomacy to get it done.

However, advocates are questioning why Biden, who pledged to place human rights at the forefront of US foreign policy, did not address recent Israeli mistreatment of Palestinians in his remarks to reporters ahead of the talks with Herzog.


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