The international community should use “military force” when Iran develops nuclear weapons, Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid told the United Nations on Thursday, as he reiterated support for the creation of a “peaceful” Palestinian state.
Israel has been conducting an intense diplomatic offensive in recent months to try to persuade the United States and main European powers such as Britain, France and Germany not to renew the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
For the past 10 days, various officials have suggested the deal may not be renewed until at least mid-November, a deadline that Lapid has used to push the West to implement a tougher approach in its talks. have tried.
“The only way to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon is through a credible military threat,” Lapid said in a speech to the UN General Assembly.
Only then can a “long and strong deal” be negotiated with them.
“Iran needs to make it clear that if it moves forward with its nuclear program, the world will respond not with words, but with military force,” he said.
And he kept no secret that he himself would be willing to engage if Israel felt threatened.
“We will do whatever is necessary,” he said. “Iran will not get nuclear weapons.”
Lapid accused Tehran’s leadership of conducting an “orchestra of hate” against Jews, adding that Iranian ideologues “hated and killed differently-abled Muslims like Salman Rushdie and Mahsa Amini,” he said. The young woman who died in the custody of Iran’s ethics policy. Protests in the Islamic Republic.
Israel, which considers Iran its arch enemy, also blames Tehran for funding armed movements including Lebanese Hezbollah and Palestinian Hamas.
Despite the current “odds”, he said, “an agreement with the Palestinians, based on two states for two people, is the right thing for Israel’s security, for the Israeli economy and for the future of our children.”
Amid campaigning for the November 1 legislative elections, Lapid said Israel’s “large majority” supports the two-state solution, “and I am one of them.”
“Our only condition is that a future Palestinian state is peaceful,” said Lapid, whose UN speech was leaked in Israel and was already being criticized by his political rivals.
Israel-Palestinian peace talks have been stalled since 2014.