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Former Israeli Ambassador to UN: Israel Needs to Listen to Threats of Its Enemies More than Promises of Its Allies


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Israel hopes the U.S. will not rejoin the nuclear deal with Iran, former Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon said.

“It was a bad deal in 2015, and today it’s even worse,” Danon told CBN News in a wide-ranging interview.

President Biden told the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday that the U.S. is willing to fully comply with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) if Iran does, too.  

President Obama entered the deal in 2015 and President Trump unilaterally withdrew from it in 2018.

“And look what happened only a few hours before the speech of President Biden.  All of a sudden, the Iranians announced that they are willing to go back to negotiations. They are playing. They are cheating. They are not honest,” Danon said.

“We hope that the US and other democracies will not fall for the traps of the Iranians, will not go back to the JCPOA because going back to the agreement is basically giving the legitimacy to the Iranians to continue with their ambitions to achieve a nuclear bomb,” he said.

The US says it won’t allow Iran to obtain a nuclear bomb. Danon said the just world woke up one day and North Korea had a nuclear bomb and Israel can’t let that happen.

Danon recalled a conversation he had with the late author Elie Wiesel on his first day as ambassador. He said Wiesel told him, “Listen very carefully to the threats of your enemies, more than the promises of your allies.”


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Julie Stahl

Julie Stahl is a correspondent for CBN News in the Middle East. A Hebrew speaker, she has been covering news in Israel fulltime for more than 20 years. Julie’s life as a journalist has been intertwined with CBN – first as a graduate student in Journalism; then as a journalist with Middle East Television (METV) when it was owned by CBN from 1989-91; and now with the Middle East Bureau of CBN News in Jerusalem since 2009. As a correspondent for CBN News, Julie has covered Israel’s wars with Gaza, rocket attacks on Israeli communities, stories on the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria and