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Lapid: It’s too soon to know if we succeeded in stopping Iran nuke deal

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Prime Minister Yair Lapid (R) meets with Air Force Commander Tomer Bar at the Nevatim airbase in southern Israel, on September 6, 2022. (Kobi Gideon/PMO)
Prime Minister Yair Lapid (R) meets with Air Force Commander Tomer Bar at the Nevatim airbase in southern Israel, on September 6, 2022. (Kobi Gideon/PMO)

Prime Minister Yair Lapid says it is too soon to know if Israel has succeeded in thwarting the emerging nuclear agreement with Iran.

Lapid, who is on a visit to the Nevatim airbase in southern Israel, which houses the Israeli Air Force’s fleet of F-35 fighter jets, also issues a warning to Iran.

“It is still too early to know if we have indeed succeeded in stopping the nuclear agreement, but Israel is prepared for any threat and any scenario,” Lapid says in remarks provided by his office.

“If Iran keeps trying, it will discover Israel’s long arm and capabilities. We will continue to act in all areas against terror and against those who seek to harm us,” he says.

“As agreed between me and [US] President [Joe] Biden, we have full freedom of action to do whatever is appropriate to prevent Iran from the opportunity of becoming a nuclear threat,” Lapid adds.

Israel has been pressuring the US not to reenter the deal.

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