The international community should use “military force” if Iran develops a nuclear weapon, Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid said at the United Nations on Thursday, renewing support for a “peaceful” Palestinian state.
In recent months, Israel has mounted a diplomatic effort to persuade the United States and major European powers such as the United Kingdom, France and Germany not to renew the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
For the past 10 days, various officials have said that the agreement, which was terminated by then US President Donald Trump in 2018, may not be renewed until mid-November at the earliest, and Y. Lapid tried to use this deadline to force Western countries to adopt a tougher position in the negotiations.
“The only way to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon is to talk about a credible military threat,” Y. Lapid said at the UN General Assembly session.
Only then will it be possible to negotiate a “longer and stronger agreement with them [iraniečiais]”, the prime minister added.
“Iran must be made clear that if it develops its nuclear program, the world will respond not with words, but with military force,” he continued.
Y. Lapidas also did not hide that Israel would be ready to get involved in the conflict if it felt threatened.
“We will do whatever it takes,” he emphasized. “Iran will not get a nuclear weapon.”
From the rostrum of the General Assembly, Y. Lapid accused the Tehran regime of conducting an “orchestra of hatred” against Jews and said that Iranian ideologues “hate and kill dissident Muslims like Salman Rushdie and Mahsa Amini,” the girl whose death after Iran arrest by the morality police provoked large-scale protests in the theocratic state.
Israel, which considers Iran its worst enemy, also accuses Tehran of funding armed groups including the Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah and the Palestinian Islamist movement HAMAS.