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Lapid says he gave Scholz ‘sensitive’ information on Iran nuclear program

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (R) greets  Prime Minister Yair Lapid in Berlin on September 12, 2022 (Kobi Gideon / GPO)
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (R) greets Prime Minister Yair Lapid in Berlin on September 12, 2022 (Kobi Gideon / GPO)

In his statement alongside German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Prime Minister Yair Lapid says he presented “sensitive and relevant intelligence information” on Iran’s nuclear program.

He says that Germany paid close attention to Israel’s positions.

“We discussed the need for a new strategy to stop Iran’s nuclear program,” says the premier, stressing it is time to move on from nuclear talks.

“Returning to the nuclear agreement, under the current conditions, would be a critical mistake,” says Lapid.

Lapid says his visit “aims to conclude the final details of a strategic partnership agreement between Israel and Germany.”

“It is a practical expression of Germany’s commitment to Israel’s security as a Jewish and democratic state, a commitment you reaffirmed when you took office,” he says.

“Israel will play a role in building Germany’s new defense force,” says Lapid, “mainly in the field of air defense.”

Lapid stresses that democracies must be “willing and able” to defend themselves.

“Sometimes, freedom must be defended with force,” he adds.

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