Israel Remains Out of the Loop With Secret Annexes to Iran Nuclear Deal
The Israeli National Security Council has yet to receive all of the annexes to the Iran deal struck between Iran and world powers in Vienna on July 14, chairman Yossi Cohen said on Wednesday.
Briefing the Israeli Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee — a parliamentary committee whose meetings are largely secret — Cohen said the withholding of these annexes to Israel was contrary to assurances the Jewish state had received.
Though the 159-page Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action was widely disseminated, there are several confidential annexes concealed from the public eye. There are also side deals to the JCPoA that were struck between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency that also remain confidential, which is a common practice by the IAEA and other states.
U.S. officials have sought to assuage Israeli concerns that the Iran deal will destabilize the region and provides too many loopholes through which the Iranian regime might renege on its commitments and build nuclear weapons.
President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have pledged to increase security coordination between the two countries to counter Iranian influence throughout the Middle East, but Israeli officials largely remain opposed to what Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called a “stunning historic mistake.”