Israel seeks renewed US support against Iran nuclear deal, Palestine support key issue

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif dismissed Israel's concerns about Tehran's defensive program (Photo: Eric Bridiers)

While delegations to Iran from European countries such as France, Germany and Sweden have visited the Islamic Republic in order to optimise business opportunities afforded by the ‘nuclear deal’, Israel continues to be the most staunch critic of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who met President Donald Trump at the White House Wednesday, told Fox News that “Since the signing of the deal, Iran has become more aggressive, more deadly, sponsoring more terrorism … with more money, a lot more money.”

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif dismissed Israel’s concerns in a tweet on Friday.

While US President Donald Trump has warned the Middle Eastern leaders of Iran’s activities and threat to the region, he also called on Netanyahu at their encounter to ‘hold off on settlements for a bit’ on land claimed by Palestinians, showing signs some interpreted as a will to strike a deal that would bring an end to the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Kazem Jalali, MP and head of Parliament Research Center, told reporters on Saturday that the 6th International Conference on Palestinian Intifada would be held in Teheran 21-22 February.

“The upcoming edition is contextualised according to the latest developments in the Occupied Territories where the Zionist regime had been waging misguided efforts to relegate the Palestinian issue to the lower priorities in the Islamic world through engaging countries in the Middle East in a proxy war and sectarian violence,” Jalali told reporters in a press conference on Saturday.

Foreign Minister Zarif arrived together with a delegation in Munich on Friday to attend the 53rd gathering of the Munich Security Conference (MSC). Rumours saying the foreign minister may have an unofficial meeting with US Secretary of State Rex Wayne Tillerson were dismissed by a spokesperson to Zarif. “We have no relations with the US, hence there will not be any negotiations,” the spokesperson told ISNA news agency.