FM Liberman to Sputnik: Israel’s decisions on Iran nuclear issue trump US

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman

Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman told Sputnik that Tel Aviv’s policy toward Iran’s nuclear program outweigh Washington’s stance.

TEL AVIV (Sputnik), Svetlana Alexandrova — Decisions made by Israel, not the United States, are what is important regarding Iran’s nuclear program, Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman told Sputnik on Monday.“The most important thing is the decision taken by Jerusalem, and not talks in Washington. I am afraid that when it comes to the Iranian issue, we have to make clear decisions in Jerusalem,” Liberman said.

The minister noted that the safety of Israeli citizens “does not lay with the US president or the US Congress.”

“Our immediate government duty is to do everything possible to make everyone feel safe,” he told Sputnik.

Addressing Israel’s relations with the United States, Liberman admitted that the personal relationship between US President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is “not the best, not the most trustful.”“However, relations between the countries themselves are strong and stable, because they are based on broad cooperation in the areas of safety, reconnaissance, economy, science, and because of a large Jewish community. I do not expect the basis of our relations to suffer. This should not be dramatized,” he said.

The Israeli leader has repeatedly lashed out against the ongoing efforts by the United States to reach a nuclear deal with Iran.

As part of the P5+1 group of major powers, which includes Russia, China, France, the United Kingdom and Germany, the United States seeks to reach a comprehensive deal with Iran that would guarantee the peaceful nature of its nuclear program.

Netanyahu has argued, however, that the emerging deal would have the opposite effect and enable Iran to produce a nuclear bomb.Iran’s nuclear activities have long been a point of concern for the international community, with several states suspecting that Tehran may be using its civilian nuclear program as a cover for developing weapons. Iran has repeatedly rejected the claims, stating that its nuclear activities are aimed solely at meeting the country’s energy needs.

By Sputnik News