What Happened: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in London and is expected to sit down with U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper after calling for additional pressure on Iran and advising against talks with Tehran, The Times of Israel reported Sept. 5.
Why It Matters: Netanyahu is attempting to discourage U.S.-Iran talks or European diplomatic attempts to ease tensions with Tehran because the Israeli government fears a growing Iranian presence in Syria and Lebanon.
Background: Israeli officials have privately voiced concerns over the prospect of U.S.-Iran talks, fearing a reduction of U.S. pressure without substantial concessions by Tehran.
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