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Lapid in Morocco: There is no good alternative to Iran deal

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid speaks at a ceremony with Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita in Rabat, on August 11, 2021. (Shlomi Amsalem/GPO)
Foreign Minister Yair Lapid speaks at a ceremony with Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita in Rabat, on August 11, 2021. (Shlomi Amsalem/GPO)

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid says that while he is not a major supporter of the 2015 Iran deal, he doesn’t see a better alternative.

“I am not a supporter of the deal. I think that the deal is not right. I’ve said it all along and I say it now, I just don’t see a Plan B,” Lapid says in comments during his trip to Morocco.

The foreign minister says there was a wide international assumption “that there would be an effort to close the deal” before Ebrahim Raisi came into office. “The person who decided otherwise was apparently [Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali] Khamenei,” he adds.

Lapid says that Israel is in regular contact with the US and other partners around the world about ways to keep Iran from developing its nuclear programs.

He says that the new government presented this week by Raisi “makes it easier for us to explain to the world what we are talking about… Here it is entirely clear that this is a terror state with a terror government, which deals with blood and death as a way of life.”

“Here in Morocco as well, if you ask, they will explain to you how much Iran is a destabilizing force that supports terror,” says Lapid.

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