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Israel angles for benefits from new deal with Iran

Having reached the conclusion that a new Iran deal is inevitable, Israel is now focusing on getting tactical assurances and military support from the United States.
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Israel’s struggle against Iran’s nuclear race and its entrenchment in the Middle East is reminiscent of the Israeli and global campaign against the coronavirus: dizzying reassessments, embarrassing intelligence flaws and a sense of chaos.

Israel’s current defense assessment, a complete about-face, is that Iran and world powers are likely to achieve a breakthrough and reach an agreement about the one signed in 2015 and from which President Donald Trump pulled out in 2018. This new assessment could also be upended in the coming weeks, suggesting that things around the negotiating table in the Austrian capital are also chaotic and do not lend themselves to forecasts or control.

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