US and Israel Form Joint Group Focused on Iranian Missiles, UAVs Israel's Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP via Getty)
By Theodore Bunker | Wednesday, 28 April 2021 01:58 PM
The United States and Israel have agreed to create an inter-agency working group that will “focus particular attention” on Iran’s Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and guided missiles, The Jerusalem Post reports.
“The US and Israeli officials discussed their serious concerns about advancements in Iran’s nuclear program in recent years,” The White House said in a statement Tuesday.
“The United States updated Israel on the talks in Vienna and emphasized strong US interest in consulting closely with Israel on the nuclear issue going forward. The United States and Israel agreed on the significant threat posed by Iran’s aggressive behavior in the region, and US officials underscored President [Joe] Biden’s unwavering support for Israel’s right to defend itself.”
The White House said both sides also "shared concerns about recent violent confrontations in Jerusalem, and the US officials welcomed Israel’s recent calls for calm.
“The US strongly condemned the recent indiscriminate rocket attacks from Gaza into Israel. US officials affirmed this administration’s continued support for efforts to advance peace between Israelis and Palestinians and a two-state solution to the conflict. The United States remains unyielding in its commitment to Israel’s security, and will work to strengthen all aspects of the US-Israel partnership.”
Ambassador Gilad Erdan, Israel’s ambassador to the United States and to the United Nations, told the Post before the meeting that a broad range of topics were being discussed, "not only about" Vienna.
He added, “We made [known] our clear opposition to the return to the [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action]. We said that it is a flawed and bad agreement, and returning to the same deal makes it less likely to reach a better one in the future. We also made our position clear about maintaining Israel’s freedom of operation in any scenario.”
Erdan noted, “that being said, we share the same goal – preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons,” the ambassador said. “However, our conversation today is not only about Iran, but also about regional issues such as Syria, Lebanon and the Palestinians.”