Liberman’s statements came in response to the increasingly aggressive threats coming out of Tehran following an April 9 strike against an alleged Iranian drone facility in central Syria, which Iran has claimed Israel carried out. Israel remains officially mum on the strike.
Liberman criticized the Iran nuclear deal, known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, comparing it to the 1938 Munich Agreement, which was meant to halt Nazi Germany’s expansion through Europe, but ended up emboldening Adolf Hitler.
In the coming weeks, Trump is due to decide if America will remain part of the Iran nuclear agreement or impose new sanctions against the regime. On Wednesday, Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron, who was visiting Washington, indicated that the US was likely to stay in the deal but seek additional measures to curb things like Iran’s ballistic missile program and support for terrorist groups in the region.