Prime Minister Yair Lapid slams the emerging Iran nuclear deal, saying the negotiators are letting Tehran manipulate the talks, suggesting that the apparent terms don’t meet US President Biden’s own red lines, and assessing that it won’t stop Iran from becoming a nuclear state.
“The countries of the West draw a red line, the Iranians ignore it, and the red line moves,” Lapid told reporters at a press conference in Jerusalem. An emerging deal, Lapid said, “does not meet the standards set by President Biden himself: preventing Iran from becoming a nuclear state.”
Calling it a “bad deal,” he said it will give Tehran $100 billion per year to “spread terror around the globe.”
“Israel is not against any agreement. We are against this agreement because it is a bad one. Because it cannot be accepted as it is written right now,” Lapid says in a briefing with foreign correspondents in Israel.
“On the table right now is a bad deal. It would give Iran a hundred billion dollars a year. This money will not build schools or hospitals. This is a hundred billion dollars a year that will be used to undermine stability in the Middle East and spread terror around the globe,” Lapid says.
“This money will fund the Revolutionary Guards. It will fund the Basij who oppress the Iranian people. It will fund more attacks on American bases in the Middle East. It will be used to strengthen Hezbollah, Hamas, and Islamic Jihad,” he says.
Lapid is careful not to openly criticize the US, noting that “we have an open dialogue with the American administration on all matters of disagreement.”
“I appreciate their willingness to listen and work together: the United States is and will remain our closest ally, and President Biden is one of the best friends Israel has ever known,” he says.
Lapid reiterates that “if a deal is signed, it does not obligate Israel. We will act to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear state.”