Israel’s Prime Minister Yair Lapid left for Germany on Sunday 11 September, to persuade its western ally to ditch the Iran nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
Their attempts have been successful in at least slowing the negotiations, as many expected the deal to be signed within weeks.
Even European partners of the US, such as France, Germany, and the UK have now raised serious doubts about Iran’s “sincerity” to follow through.
“Unfortunately, Iran has chosen not to seize this critical diplomatic opportunity,” they said, assessing that “instead, Iran continues to escalate its nuclear program way beyond any plausible civilian justification,” reads the joint statement of France, Germany, and Britain.
Israel’s interim Prime Minister Lapid has applauded his country’s efforts to sabotage the deal, telling his own cabinet that “Israel is conducting a successful diplomatic campaign to stop the nuclear agreement and prevent the lifting of sanctions on Iran.”
Though he has warned that “it’s not over yet” and that there is still “a long way to go.”
An anonymous Israeli diplomatic official told AFP that the main reason for the visit to Berlin is in fact the nuclear deal.
“It’s important to continue to coordinate positions and to influence the European position. Germany has an important role in this,” the official argued.
Lapid and several officials are scheduled to meet with Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, and President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, before his return on Monday.
The EU took the position of a mediator in the talks and hoped for an agreement to relieve pressure on energy markets. The deal could pour an estimated 1 Million barrels of oil into the market over the next few months.