PUBLISHED: 12:45, Mon, Nov 30, 2020 | UPDATED: 12:54, Mon, Nov 30, 2020
Israel and Iran have endured hostility for decades amid the ongoing proxy-conflict between the two countries. This has once again peaked after the killing of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, which Tehran has accused Israel of carrying out. Fakhrizadeh has been described as a vital figure in Iran's nuclear weapons ambitions, meaning his assassination could spark a retaliation. Experts have warned this could also have a severe impact on President-elect Joe Biden's foreign policy approach, while presenting a more imminent threat during the Trump administration’s final months.
Under Barack Obama, whom Mr Biden served under as Vice President, the US and Iran agreed to a nuclear deal which limited Tehran's ability to make weapons.
However, Donald Trump abandoned the deal during his presidency, and recent events could damage Mr Biden's efforts to revive it.
Guido Steinberg of the German Institute for International and Security affairs told DW yesterday that Mr Biden's hopes of striking a new deal with Tehran could be made much more difficult.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
The expert said: "I think it's no surprise the Israelis would want to assassinate the head of the Iranian nuclear programme.
"They have already assassinated nuclear scientists between 2010 and 2012, the last phase of escalation between Iran and Israel.
World War 3: Trump and Rouhani clashed on numerous occasions (Image: getty)
World War 3: Fakhrizadeh was Iran's top nuclear scientist (Image: BBC)
"I think the major reason now is that they still have the support of the Trump administration, politically and perhaps also operationally.
"The Israelis want to make it as hard as possible for President-elect Biden to start negotiations with the Iranians next year."
President Trump emerged as a key ally to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, signalled by his decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem, which opened in the city in