Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin NetanyahuBenjamin (Bibi) NetanyahuMORE claimed responsibility for President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump defends indicted GOP congressman House to vote Thursday on holding Bannon in contempt Youngkin calls for investigation into Loudoun County School Board amid sexual assault allegations MORE’s decision to pull the U.S. out of the Iran nuclear deal, according to a video obtained by Israeli public television.
The video shows Netanyahu speaking two weeks ago about the deal with members of his Likud political party, according to the Times of Israel.
“We convinced the US president [to exit the deal] and I had to stand up against the whole world and come out against this agreement,” Netanyahu reportedly says in the video, aired by public broadcaster Kann. “And we didn’t give up."
He did not provide specifics on how he convinced Trump to pull out of the agreement, according to the report.
Trump withdrew the U.S. from the agreement in May and promised to reimpose the economic sanctions lifted in exchange for limitations on Iran’s nuclear program.
Netanyahu has consistently opposed the nuclear deal, speaking out against it when it was finalized in 2015.
The Israeli leader gave a public address days before Trump’s announcement on the agreement, saying that Israel had evidence that “Iran lied” about the nuclear program.
Trump noted the documents presented by Netanyahu during his announcement, but did not say whether Israel played a deciding role in the decision to withdraw.
The president had promised to pull the U.S. out of the nuclear agreement since his campaign.