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Yair Lapid, Israeli Prime Minister, tried Thursday to convince the international community gathered at the UN to use “force” in the event of acquisition of nuclear weapons by Iran. The Jewish state has been trying for months to prevent the renewal of the 2015 Iranian nuclear program agreement.
Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid on Thursday (September 22) urged the international community gathered for the UN General Assembly to use “force” if Iran developed nuclear weapons. He reiterated his support for the creation of a “peaceful” Palestinian state.
Israel has been waging an intense diplomatic offensive in recent months to try to convince the United States and the main European powers (United Kingdom, France, Germany) not to renew the agreement on the Iranian nuclear program (JCPOA) of 2015 whose he Trump administration had withdrawn.
For the past ten days, various officials have suggested that the agreement may not be renewed until at least mid-November, a deadline that the Israeli Prime Minister is trying to use to push Westerners to impose a tougher approach in their negotiations.
“The only way to prevent Iran from having nuclear weapons is to put a credible military threat on the table. And then, and only then, will it be possible to negotiate a longer and more solid agreement with them” , declared Yaïr Lapid at the rostrum of the General Assembly.
“It must be clear to Iran that if it goes ahead with its nuclear program, the world will not react with words, but will use force,” added Yair Lapid.
enemy number one
Israel, which considers Iran its number one enemy, also accuses Tehran of financing the Lebanese Hezbollah and the Palestinian Hamas, two armed movements based on the borders of the Jewish state.
Despite the “hurdles”, an “agreement with the Palestinians, based on two states for two peoples, is the right thing to do to ensure Israel’s security and economy, and provide a future for our children”, added Yaïr Lapid, in the middle of the campaign for the legislative elections of 1er november.
“Even today, a large majority of Israelis support this vision of a two-state solution and I am one of them. We have only one condition: that a future Palestinian state be peaceful,” added Yaïr Lapid, whose speech at the UN, which had leaked to Israel, was already criticized by his political adversaries.
US President Joe Biden welcomed Yair Lapid’s support for the two-state solution, calling it a “courageous” decision.
“I can’t agree more,” he tweeted.
I welcome @IsraeliPM Lapid’s courageous statement at the UN General Assembly: “An agreement with the Palestinians, based on two states for two peoples, is the right thing for Israel’s security, for Israel’s economy, and for the future of our children.”
I could not agree more.
— President Biden (@POTUS) September 22, 2022
In his speech to the UN on Wednesday, President Biden reiterated his support for the creation of a Palestinian state but gave no indication of a possible peace initiative.
Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations have stalled since 2014. And the current strategy of the Lapid government is to try to support the Palestinian economy without embarking on a new peace process with Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas. , 87, who is due to speak at the General Assembly on Friday.