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Israel presses case against new Iranian government

The government of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is busily conducting a public relations campaign against the cabinet of new Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi.

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said Aug. 12 that Israel was forming an axis of pragmatic Arab countries to oppose the extremist Iranian regime and its proxies in the region, saying during his second day of visit to Rabat, "Strategically, what we're creating here is a diplomatic axis featuring Israel, Morocco, Egypt, Jordan, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates to present a pragmatic alternative to religious extremism. … We are creating a cycle of life against the cycle of death of Iran and its proxies."

Since the formation of the new cabinet in Israel last May, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and his ministerial security forum have been debating the best approach to adopt toward Iran-American negotiations for a possible new nuclear agreement. Clearly, the Israeli government must define its policy and its strategy on this issue ahead of the expected visit of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in Washington at the beginning of September.

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