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Gantz, Lapid talk terror and Iran in address to 80 ambassadors stationed in Israel

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

Defense Minister Benny Gantz and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid (R) at an event for foreign ambassadors stationed in Israel, March 6, 2022 (Sivan Shahor Anava/GPO)
Defense Minister Benny Gantz and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid (R) at an event for foreign ambassadors stationed in Israel, March 6, 2022 (Sivan Shahor Anava/GPO)

Even as the governing coalition is thrown into turmoil, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid and Defense Minister Benny Gantz lay out Israeli positions on key diplomatic and security issues to 80 foreign ambassadors stationed in the country, including the recent wave of deadly terror attacks.

He tells the diplomats that the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror cell killed in an overnight raid near Jenin early Saturday morning was under surveillance for two days. He also discusses the recent case of a terrorist who wrote on Facebook about his intention to carry out an attack, and the man’s arrest in Israel the following day.

At the same time, Gantz lays out the measures Israel has taken to strengthen the Palestinian Authority over the past year, and calls on the international community to invest in the Palestinian economy as a means of ensuring stability.

Turning to Iran, the defense minister calls for the implementation of a robust “Plan B” to deal with Iran’s nuclear program.

Gantz joins Lapid in condemning the Russian invasion of Ukraine and war crimes committed in the country, and the foreign minister lays out the humanitarian aid Israel is providing to Ukrainians.

With Ramadan underway, and Passover and Easter upcoming, Lapid describes the steps Israel is taking to ensure freedom of worship in the country during the holidays.

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