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With Netanyahu vulnerable, Israel again ignored by Washington on Iran

Knowing he is politically vulnerable, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is silent on Washington’s intention to return to the nuclear deal with Tehran.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, leader of the Likud party, addresses supporters at the party campaign headquarters in Jerusalem early on March 24, 2021, after the end of voting in the fourth national election in two years.

Israel finds itself irrelevant and inconsequential as the race against the Iranian nuclear threat enters its most important leg. As was the case on the eve of the 2015 signing of the nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, with world powers curbing Iran’s nuclear program, Israel once again finds itself being ignored by Washington.

This state of affairs stems from the uncertain standing of the ultimate purveyor of Iran’s demonization, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. As he mounts his possibly final battle for political survival and personal freedom, unable to form a government and facing the start of the evidentiary stage of his corruption trial, he is injured, vulnerable and devoid of influence in Washington.

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