Lapid tells State Dept. delegation Israel ‘dealing with extremist Islamist terror’

Meeting in Tel Aviv with a State Department delegation visiting Israel, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid says Israel “is dealing with extremist Islamist terror whose entire goal is to sow violence, fear, and chaos.”

He urges regional leaders “to act and speak responsibly in order to calm the situation,” while insisting that Israel is preserving the status quo on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

“We will not accept in any situation rocket fire from the Gaza Strip on the State of Israel.”

At the meeting is Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Yael Lempert, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Israeli & Palestinian Affairs Hady Amr, and US Ambassador to Israel Tom Nides.

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid meets with a US State Department delegation in Tel Aviv, on April 21, 2022. (David Azgori/US Embassy in Israel)

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