Prime Minister Yair Lapid visited the Nevatim Air Force Base on Tuesday, where he received a security briefing from the Air Force Commander and visited the 140th Squadron’s operations building.
Lapid also shared strong words of warning against Iran in remarks from in front of an F-35 military jet.
“It is still too early to know if we have indeed succeeded in stopping the nuclear agreement, but Israel is prepared for every threat and every scenario,” the prime minister said. “If Iran continues to test us, it will discover Israel’s long arm and capabilities. We will continue to act on all fronts against terrorism and against those who seek to harm us.”
Lapid also reaffirmed the support of the U.S. in stopping Iran from becoming a nuclear threat.
“As President Biden and I agreed, Israel has full freedom to act as we see fit to prevent the possibility of Iran becoming a nuclear threat,” he stated.
The prime minister’s office stated in a release that Lapid visited the 140th Squadron in tandem with Mossad Director David Barnea’s visit to the U.S. as part of the diplomatic campaign against Iran.
Head of the Strategy and Iran Division Maj.-Gen. Tal Kelman, Prime Minister’s Military Secretary Maj.-Gen. Avi Gil and Nevatim Air Force Base Commander Brig.-Gen. Gilad Keinan also participated in the visit.
The speech also comes as Lapid confirmed that the nuclear deal with Iran is currently off the table, according to the U.S. Lapid shared with the Times of Israel in an exclusive interview on Wednesday that the message was conveyed in conversations with President Joe Biden and other officials.
The words come as positive news for Israel, as the nation has faced increased concerns regarding Iran’s efforts to develop nuclear weapons. The Biden administration, along with other nations involved in the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal, have long sought to forge a new plan, but have continued to run into roadblocks in the process.