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Israel not against every agreement that might come out of Vienna talks, Lapid says

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani leaves the Palais Coburg, venue of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) meeting that aims at reviving the Iran nuclear deal, in Vienna on December 27, 2021. (ALEX HALADA / AFP)
Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani leaves the Palais Coburg, venue of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) meeting that aims at reviving the Iran nuclear deal, in Vienna on December 27, 2021. (ALEX HALADA / AFP)

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid says in a Zoom briefing that Israel is “not against every agreement” that might come out of ongoing nuclear talks in Vienna between Iran and the P5+1.

“A good agreement is a good thing. Israel will not oppose a good agreement,” he says.

The foreign minister says that Israel and its international allies are conducting “intensive discussions” on what a good agreement on Iran’s nuclear program entails.

“In these discussions, we are at the table. There is global attention, and more than that, attention from the actors involved, to the Israeli position.”

Israel is consistently able to move Western positions in negotiations with the Iranians toward Jerusalem’s stance, he says.

“We feel that we have succeeded somewhat — I don’t want to exaggerate — in causing the world to listen to us and treat it like a critical issue,” he says.

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