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Biden tells Israeli president ‘Iran will never get a nuclear weapon on my watch’

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President Biden on Monday vowed Iran won’t develop nuclear weapons “on my watch” as he hosted outgoing Israeli President Reuven Rivlin at the White House.

“What I can say to you, Iran will never get a nuclear weapon on my watch, as they say,” Biden told Rivlin in the Oval Office.

Biden spoke amid early reports that US troops in Syria came under fire following overnight US airstrikes on pro-Iran militias in Syria and Iraq.

Biden did not address the subsequent reports of US troops coming under fire in Syria, but said, “I directed last night’s airstrikes targeting sites used by the Iranian-backed militia groups responsible for recent attacks on US personnel in Iraq.”

He added: “I have that authority under Article II [of the Constitution] and even those up in the Hill who are reluctant to acknowledge that have acknowledged that’s the case.”

President Joe Biden (right) met with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin (left) in the Oval Office on June 28, 2021.
President Joe Biden (right) met with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin (left) in the Oval Office on June 28, 2021.
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Many Democrats in Congress are pushing Biden to rejoin the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, from which former President Donald Trump withdrew the US arguing it did too little to constrain the Islamic theocracy.

The US and Israel have cooperated on efforts to sabotage Iran’s nuclear program — including the successful 2006 plan to use the Stuxnet virus to destroy nuclear centrifuges.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has no intentions to meet with President Biden as Biden attempts to rejoin the nuclear deal.
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has no intentions to meet with President Biden as Biden attempts to rejoin the nuclear deal.
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While hosting Rivlin, Biden applauded Israel on a recent series of diplomatic deals that gained the country diplomatic recognition from four Arab states. He didn’t mention that Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner brokered those deals.

“I’m looking forward to hosting Prime Minister Bennett at the White House very soon. And the US fully supports normalization of the relationship between Israel and Middle Eastern countries that you’re making some headway on, and in Africa as well and beyond,” Biden said.

The 78-year-old US president also gushed to his 81-year-old Israeli counterpart about his adult daughter, Anat Rivlin.

“It’s not technically appropriate, but I’m so delighted his daughter is here, she’s in the back right there. … I got to meet her and talk about our kids and grandkids and all the like,” Biden said.

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