This article was originally published in the Huffington Post.
In the lead up to this week’s meeting between President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, multiple reports suggested that one of Netanyahu’s main goals would be pushing Trump to impose new sanctions on Iran, a move that could dangerously escalate already high tensions between the U.S. and Iran and put us one step closer to war.
Among other similarities, both leaders have been staunch opponents of the Iran nuclear agreement, which lifted sanctions against Iran in exchange for Iran scaling down its nuclear program and fulfilling obligations that verifiably block its potential paths to obtaining nuclear weapons.
During the campaign, Trump pledged to “dismantle the disastrous deal with Iran.” Should he fulfill that pledge, the best means of ensuring Iran cannot obtain nuclear weapons would be gone, and the dangerous and counterproductive alternative of bombing Iran’s nuclear facilities would be hailed by some as the necessary next step. While Netanyahu probably stopped short of asking Trump to abandon the agreement outright, he may have pushed for further sanctions against Iran that could ultimately serve to unravel the deal.