Netanyahu Says Israel Can Accept Current U.S.-Iran “Mini-Deal”

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is downplaying concerns over current U.S.-Iranian talks concerning Iran’s nuclear weapons program. “This isn’t the deal we knew,” he said, referring to the 2015 deal which was opposed by Israel and which the U.S. left in 2018.  The current talks reportedly include the requirement that Iran not enrich uranium above 60%, and in exchange, the U.S. will release Iranian funds that are being held under sanctions. There would also be a prisoner exchange. The International Atomic Energy Agency estimates that Iran has 251 pounds of uranium enriched to 60% purity for which Iran has no civilian use. Both the U.S. and Iran have denied talks on an interim deal, but Netanyahu reportedly briefed the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee saying, “What’s on the agenda at the moment between Washington and Tehran is not a nuclear deal, it’s a mini-deal.” Netanyahu also told the committee, “We will be able to handle it.”