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Biden said to host Mossad chief at White House as Israel lobbies against US return to Iran deal

US President Joe Biden met yesterday at the White House with Mossad chief Yossi Cohen, according to Israel’s Channel 12 news.

The network says Prime Minister Netanyahu briefed Cohen in advance on the main issues to discuss. Those issues aren’t specified, but the report comes after Cohen and other top Israeli security officials held talks with senior American officials as the Biden administration looks to rejoin the 2015 deal limiting Iran’s nuclear program, which Israel opposes in its current form.

Also taking part in the meeting with Biden were senior National Security Council officials, the unsourced reports says, adding that it did not believe the sit-down was planned ahead of time. Rather, the meeting came together as the Israeli delegation was in Washington this week, raising its concerns over the US reentering the 2015 deal, from which president Donald Trump withdrew, unless its provisions against Iran’s nuclear program are widened and tightened.

Mossad chief Yossi Cohen speaks at a Tel Aviv University cyber conference on June 24, 2019. (Flash90)
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