New national security adviser saw Iran deal as ‘lesser evil’

Eyal Hulata in an undated photograph. (courtesy)
Eyal Hulata in an undated photograph. (courtesy)

Eyal Hulata, the new national security adviser to Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, has in the past expressed that the 2015 Iran deal was the lesser evil compared to no deal at all.

Hulata privately expressed that Israel should not fervently push back against the US working to broker the 2015 deal, unlike the position adopted at the time by then-prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Hulata, who served in the Mossad for more than 20 years and was tapped for his new job on Sunday, said then that Israel should learn to live with the nuclear deal.

Bennett has publicly stated his opposition to the deal both before and since taking office as prime minister, though he has vowed to adopt a more conciliatory approach with the United States.

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