Headline RoundupJuly 14th, 2022

US, Israel Commit to Stopping Iran from Developing Nuclear Weapons

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On Thursday, as part of the "Jerusalem Declaration," President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid signed a joint pledge to deny Iran nuclear arms

Biden also told Israeli television that he would not hesitate to use force as a "last resort" to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.  The Jerusalem Declaration further commits Israel and the U.S. to cooperate on civilian technologies as well as defense projects such as laser interceptors. The pledge follows a long division between the U.S. and Israel over diplomacy with Tehran.  In 2015, the U.S. signed an international deal with Iran capping its nuclear projects with bomb-making potential; Israel opposed the deal, and welcomed former President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the pact in 2018. Israel is now supporting a new deal with tougher provisions, and Iran stated that previous agreements could be renegotiated when nuclear talks resumed last November.

Biden's visit is his first to the Middle East since becoming President, and his plans include a visit to the occupied West Bank, as well as to Saudi Arabia to meet with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

News sources across the political spectrum, especially left- and center-rated ones, highlighted the announcement prominently Thursday. Some reports from right-rated outlets focused on voices who criticized the U.S.'s revival of the agreement. 

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