Israeli spy chief David Barnea headed to Washington late Saturday on a previously unannounced trip and Defense Minister Benny Gantz leaves Wednesday for meetings with his U.S. counterpart Lloyd Austin and Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Foreign Minister Yair Lapid was in London and Paris last week to discuss the talks with Israel's European allies.
Bennett said Israel was using the time between rounds to convince the Americans to "use a different toolkit" against Iran's nuclear program, without elaborating. Israel and the U.S. are widely believed to have carried out covert operations against Iranian nuclear personnel and infrastructure in a bid to sabotage the program.
A senior State Department official said negotiators expected Iran to "show seriousness" at the talks. He said that even Russia and China, important trading outlets for Iran which have traditionally taken a softer line in their relations with the country, left the talks last week concerned about the prospects for a deal.
A set of tools designed to be used together or for a particular purpose.
Not openly acknowledged or displayed.
Covert operation a military operation intended to conceal the identity of the party that instigated the operation.