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Time for Western powers to walk away from Iran nuclear talks: top Israeli official

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

The time has come for Western powers to walk away from nuclear talks with Iran, top Israeli officials are telling their counterparts in Washington and in European capitals.

“The Europeans sent Iran a final offer, which doesn’t even meet the demands that the Americans committed to, and established that this offer was ‘take it or leave it,'” a senior Israeli official at the highest level of decision-making says.

“Iran turned down the offer, and the time has come to get up and walk away,” the official continues. “Anything else sends a strong message of weakness.”

The senior official, in a briefing to Israeli journalists, says that the world must now discuss what must be done in order to prevent Iran from attaining a nuclear weapon.

The official also emphasizes that Israel is not bound by any agreements with Iran, and “will do what is necessary in order to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon and also to prevent Iran from using its terror proxies in the region.”

“The US knows and recognizes this,” the official says.

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