Iran can never become a ‘nuclear threshold’ state
Foreign Minister Yair Lapid shared his government’s concerns about Iran “becoming a nuclear-threshold state” in a meeting Tuesday with US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan at a meeting to the White House.
Israel’s top diplomat, who is also its deputy prime minister, discussed with Sullivan the need for an alternative plan to revive the world powers’ 2015 tattered nuclear deal with Tehran as the Biden administration tries to revive the negotiations stalled under the new radical president of the Islamic Republic, Ebrahim Raïssi.
In a joint press conference with US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Capitol Hill later Tuesday, Lapid echoed the same language used with Sullivan, saying “we can all unite around of the idea that we will never let Iran become a country on the nuclear threshold. “
Lapid stressed the importance of bipartisan support in Congress for the Jewish state in the face of the Iranian threat.
Israel’s new government prioritized repairing ties with the Democratic Party that appeared to be faltering under the reign of former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who was considered a close friend of former President Donald Trump and the Republican Party .
Lapid said “Palestinians deserve a better life” as he gestured towards Pelosi, in what can be seen as a nod to the progressive wing of the Democratic Party that prioritizes the Palestinian issue. .
During his meeting with Sullivan, Lapid presented his “Economy for Security” plan for the Gaza Strip, according to a statement.
During his visit to Washington, the head of Yesh Atid is also expected to meet his US counterpart, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, among other senior officials.
Lapid is also due to meet with UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, first for bilateral talks and then a trilateral meeting with Blinken.