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Iran says US, Israel blocking elimination of chemical weapons

The United States and Israel are the main obstacles to the total elimination of chemical weapons worldwide, Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations Zahra Ershadi says.

US security chief lays out three Iran deal scenarios in Israel

Four senior Israeli officials who attended meetings in Jerusalem with US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan told Axios they came away reassured that Washington is ready to take a harder line on Iran if necessary and to take Tel Aviv’s views into account. He has sketched out three possible near-term scenarios on Iran’s nuclear program, according to Israeli officials.

US security chief to visit Israel to discuss Iran

White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan is expected to travel to Israel next week for discussions on Iran as negotiations continue in Vienna on a US possible return to the 2015 nuclear deal, three senior Israeli officials told Axios.

Russia diplomat says US-Israeli drills destabilizing factor

The possibility of joint military drills involving the United States and Israel is a destabilizing factor, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told reporters on Thursday.

Israeli government divided over how to influence Biden on Iran

There is an internal debate inside the Israeli government about the best way to influence the US position regarding Iran, with Minister of Defense Benny Gantz and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid growing concerned with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett's increasingly confrontational approach, Israeli officials say.

Report: US officials’ phones hacked with Israeli spyware

The iPhones of at least nine US state department officials were recently hacked by a government using NSO Group spyware, according to a new report that raised serious questions about the use of Israeli surveillance tools against US government officials around the world.

U.S., Israel discuss Iran nuclear deal

US national security adviser Jake Sullivan met with Israel ‘National Security Council’ chairman Eyal Hulata at the White House on Tuesday. The two sides have discussed Iran and other regional issues.

‘Bennett disagrees with Biden on Iran, consulate for Palestine, settlements’

Reports say Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has recently said he pushed back against US President Joe Biden on Iran’s nuclear program, the reopening of the US consulate in East Jerusalem to handle Palestinian issues, and Israeli settlement building.

US House approves $1bn for Israel’s Iron Dome

The US House of Representatives has approved $1bn in additional funding for Israel’s Iron Dome missile system after days of controversy around the push.

U.S., Israel hold secret talks over Iran nuclear deal

U.S. and Israels officials held secret talks on Iran last week to discuss a possible “plan B” if nuclear talks do not resume, two senior Israeli officials told Axios.

Iran Deplores Trump’s Shameful ‘Treason of the Century’

Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran has deplored the so-called deal of the century proposed by the US as “the treason of the century”, expressing Tehran’s readiness to cooperate with the regional states to foil such major plot against the Islamic community.

‘Deal of Century’: Removing Palestine from World’s Map

The “Deal of the Century” was orchestrated by the United States and Israel in order to remove Palestine from the geography of the world.

Why did the US House speaker invite Israeli PM to Washington?

An invitation by the Republican speaker of the House to the Israeli prime minister to address a joint session of Congress without consulting the White House is a token of appreciation by Republicans to Israel.

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