Ex-Israeli ambassador advises Biden against re-entering the Iran nuclear deal
Ex-Israeli ambassador and World Likud chairman Danny Danon joined Fox News host Eric Shawn Sunday to encourage the Biden administration to continue the peace initiatives created by President Donald Trump in the Middle East.
“Great things happened in 2020 and we are grateful for President Trump for his leadership – moving the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and pushing the peace initiative in the region,” Danon said.
Danon noted how he has experienced the strengthened relationships between Israel and the Arab states firsthand.
“I flew to Dubai a few years ago and it was a very sensitive visit. Today, you have 14 flights a week from Tel Aviv to Dubai so we see the fruits of peace already and we are excited about it,” he said. “It’s peace among the people, not only among the leaders.”
Danon said he hopes the new administration will “continue the momentum” created by President Trump and not re-enter the Iran nuclear deal agreement.
“I hope the President-elect will continue with the momentum because it’s good not only for Israel and not only for the modern Arab country, it’s good for the U.S.”
“We have to work together,” he continued. “I would advise the new administration: first thing, not Iran and negotiations with Iranians, on the contrary, first speak with the US allies to speak with them about their concerns, about their approach to Iran, and then think what to do. I think that would be the wisest thing to do.”
Biden has expressed plans on rejoining the Iran nuclear deal once he takes office.
Danon advised against rejoining the deal, and instead proposed the Biden administration “not to listen to the Iranians, to apply more sanctions and not to try to appease them.”
“When you try to appease them, they take advantage of it and I think it will be bad for the U.S. to play that game.”
Danon said he would “recommend the new administration to apply more pressure, to work with the allies in the region, and if the Iranians would be willing to change the agreement which I doubt it, you can speak about it,” he said.
“But you don’t run immediately and hug them and give them what they want.”