US President Donald Trump triggers another flash point in West Asia. He openly sided with Israel and condoned his predecessors for following a one sided policy. He assured Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he will not allow Iran develop a nuclear weapon and termed the nuclear agreement Tehran reached with world powers one of the “worst deals” he has ever seen.
Trump’s explicit guarantee came during his first joint presser with Netanyahu after he took over the US presidency on January 20. He has previously said he would work to improve ties with Israel, and has imposed sanctions on Iran for testing a ballistic missile in violation of the nuclear deal.
Trump said security assistance to Israel was at an all-time high to ensure it can defend against threats.”We have a long history of cooperation in the fight against terrorism and the fight against those who do not value human life.”
Trump also rejected the “unfair and one-sided actions” against Israel at UNSC, referring to a resolution condemning Israeli settlements in territory claimed by the Palestinians.
Netanyahu appreciated Trump’s stand on Iran and radical Islamic terrorism. “Mr President, you’ve shown great clarity and courage in confronting this challenge head-on. You call for confronting Iran’s terrorist regime, preventing Iran from realising this terrible deal into a nuclear arsenal,” he said.
Making his case against Iran, Netanyahu said the ballistic missiles that Tehran tests are mainly aimed at his country. While, Iran has defended its nuclear programme as purely civilian.