Lapid: Israel was on a path to self-destruction prior to government’s formation

Speaking at the annual INSS conference, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid says the greatest threat facing Israel is “the loss of social unity.”

“Without inner fortitude, we cannot handle Iran, Hezbollah or the attempt to paint us as an apartheid state.”

He says Israel had been “on a course of self-destruction” prior to the formation of the current government. “The moment the political sphere fans the flames of conflict instead of solving it, the country enters a tailspin it can’t recover from.”

The current government “was established out of the understanding that this was a moment of truth. It was our moment to decide what was better for the country — tearing Israeli society apart or bringing it together,” Lapid says.

“We will not let the extremists lead us to the abyss.”

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid speaks at the annual Annual International Conference of the Institute for National Security Studies, on February 1, 2022. (Video screenshot)

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