CIA’s Top Official Sent To Israel Amid Hostile Tensions

( Last week, CIA Director William Burns made his first working visit to Israel and the West Bank since taking over the helm of the Central Intelligence Agency. Burns met with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Wednesday. He also met with Israeli President Isaac Herzog as well as top Israeli political leaders and defense officials. Burns also met with his Israeli counterpart, Mossad’s new Director David Barnea who took over Mossad two months ago.

The CIA chief also made a visit to the West Bank where he met with Palestinian intelligence chief Majed Faraj and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. The CIA has consistently maintained close ties with the Palestinian security forces – ties that were maintained even during the Trump administration when cooperation between the US and Palestinian Authority were halted.

Burns, who speaks fluent Arabic, served as a career diplomat for more than 30 years. He has previously served as Deputy Secretary of State under Obama, and Ambassador to Russia under George W. Bush.

Most notably, William Burns served as the Obama administration’s first lead negotiator for the disastrous Iran nuclear deal. However, Burns was replaced by Wendy Sherman – the incompetent who also oversaw the Clinton administration’s disastrous nuclear deal with North Korea. Sherman is now Deputy Secretary of State for Joe Biden.

Burns actually inexplicably believes that the Obama/Iran nuclear deal would make Israel safer.

This is the man Joe Biden chose to head up the CIA?

Burn’s visit came against the backdrop of Tehran’s escalating aggression in the Middle East, its attempts to achieve nuclear capabilities, as well as Hezbollah’s recent rocket attacks into Israel from Lebanon. It was anticipated that Burns would discuss with Israeli officials the recent spate of attacks on Israeli-owned ships, including the attack on the Mercer Street merchant tanker in late July, as well as the attempted hijacking of the Asphalt Princess by Iranian-backed commandos in early August.

Meanwhile, the Biden administration, which relaunched indirect talks with Iran this spring, hopes to reconvene these talks once newly elected Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi forms his new government later this month.