Prime Minister Yair Lapid said Israel will act if necessary to keep Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, challenging President Joe Biden to stand up to his recent commitment to do the same.
Lapid shared strong words as he spoke against the restart of the 2015 Iranian nuclear agreement.
“Israel is not against any agreement. We are against this agreement, because it is a bad one. Because it cannot be accepted as it is written right now,” Lapid told reporters.
“In our eyes, it does not meet the standards set by President Biden himself: preventing Iran from becoming a nuclear state,” he added. “This agreement endangers the independence of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the IAEA. It creates huge political pressure on them to close open cases without completing a professional investigation.”
Lapid confirmed that the U.S. is and will remain the nation’s closest ally, and said that President Biden is one of the best friends Israel has ever known. Israel has made clear its specific points of disagreement in the current nuclear deal under discussion, offering dialogue regarding various options.
The prime minister also spoke recently with the leaders of France and Germany to express concerns over the current Iranian deal. He also noted an almost daily dialogue with the U.K.
Lapid ended his comments with a clear focus on stopping Iran’s nuclear program.
“All that being said, we have made it clear to everyone: if a deal is signed, it does not obligate Israel. We will act to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear state,” he argued.
“We are not prepared to live with a nuclear threat above our heads from an extremist, violent Islamist regime. This will not happen. Because we will not let it happen.”