Israeli leader speaks with Biden about Islamic State in Iran :: WRAL.com

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– Israel’s prime minister on Sunday congratulated President Joe Biden on last week’s deadly raid in Syria that killed the leader of the Islamic State group, the Israeli prime minister’s office said.

In a phone call with the President, Naftali Bennett told Biden that “the world is now a safe place thanks to the bold operation by US forces,” his office said.

Bennett and Biden also discussed Iranian military activities in the Middle East and efforts to block Iran’s nuclear program, sources said.

Israel and Iran are archenemies, and Israel has expressed vocal concern about US-led efforts to revive the 2015 international nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.

The deal was dissolved after President Donald Trump withdrew from it in 2018. Israel rejected the original deal and believes any attempts to restore it will not include sufficient safeguards to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapons capability. Israel also says any deal should address Iranian military activities across the region, as well as the development of long-range missiles that can hit Israel.

Earlier Sunday, Bennett said Israel is closely monitoring world powers‘ negotiations with Iran in Vienna, but reiterated his position that Israel is not bound by any agreement they have reached. Israel has repeatedly threatened to attack Iran if it believes it is necessary to stop the country’s nuclear program. Iran says its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.

“Anyone who thinks such an agreement would increase stability is wrong,” Bennett told his cabinet early Sunday. “Israel reserves the right to act in any event, with or without an agreement.”

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