Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid called on the international community to use military force if Iran develops nuclear weapons. Photo/REUTERS/Mike Fresh
Israel has carried out intense diplomatic attacks in recent months to try to convince the United States and major European powers such as Britain, France and Germany not to renew the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
Over the past 10 days, various officials have advised the deal, which US President Donald Trump scrapped in 2018, not to be renewed until at least mid-November, a deadline that Lapid is trying to use to push the West to impose a tougher approach to their negotiations.
“The only way to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon is to put a credible military threat on the table,” Lapid said in his speech. AFPFriday (23/9/2022).
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“Only then can a longer and stronger agreement with them be negotiated,” he said.
“It needs to be made clear to Iran that if Iran advances its nuclear program, the world will not respond with words, but with military force,” he said.
He made no secret that Israel itself would be willing to get involved if it felt threatened.
“We will do whatever is necessary,” he said. “Iran will not get nuclear weapons.”
From the UN General Assembly podium, Lapid accused Tehran’s leadership of conducting an “orchestra of hatred” against Jews, and said Iranian ideologues hated and killed Muslims who thought differently, such as Salman Rushdie and Mahsa Amini, young women who died after being arrested by moral police in Tehran over accusations of veiling inappropriately.