At the end of a trilateral meeting: foreign Minister Yair Lapid There is a press conference tonight (Wednesday) with the US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, And the Foreign Minister of the United Arab Emirates, the Sheikh Abdullah bin Ziad.
During the statement, Linken addressed the Palestinian issue and said that “the president has made it clear that a two-state solution is the best.” On the Avraham agreements, he added: “We have a number of joint working teams for Israel and the Emirates on water, agriculture, and more.”
Lapid said that “a few weeks ago I met in Bahrain the king in his palace, an American businessman, and a Jew who owns a synagogue, and the three of them said ‘I do not believe this is happening’. And they were wrong, because such things happen because people believed.”
“Our common values are based on religious tolerance, the war on terror, economic and technological progress. This is not an alliance between Jews and Arabs but between the citizens of the world who want to fight the climate crisis and other problems,” he added. According to him, Israel has the right and the duty to defend itself.
On the Palestinian issue, he said: “Our goal is to work with the Palestinians and make sure that every child in the region has the best future.” In addition, he referred to the Iranian nuclear program: “Every day that passes brings Iran closer to an atomic bomb. The Iranians continue to deceive the world and get closer to the bomb.”
Lapid added: “At the center of my visit here is the concern from Iran’s race for nuclear capability. Iran is becoming a nuclear threshold state. Every day that passes, every further drag of negotiations, brings Iran closer to a bomb.”
“Israel reserves the right and the right to act against the Iranian nuclear power at any time, in any situation and in any way. This is not just our right, but our duty. Iran has publicly announced that it wants to wipe us off the face of the earth. We have no intention of being wiped out,” he said.
He added: “We are writing a new chapter in history. It is a moderate alliance that deals with life in hope and optimism in looking ahead. I thank you both for this alliance, for the friendships, it inspires hope all over the world.”
Sheikh Abdullah bin Ziad also referred in his opening remarks to the Abrahamic agreements: “We have built bridges between two successful nations that are committed to development. I believe the United States is telling the world that it is serious about changing the narrative in the region.”
According to him, the more successful the emirate-Israeli alliance, the more it will show Israelis and Palestinians that this is the right path. Sheikh Abdullah further stated that he intends to visit Israel soon.
Blink was later asked about the nuclear deal with Iran and replied that the time to implement it was shortened, “The US believes that the best way is diplomacy, but we do not see Iran’s desire to engage in it.”
Lapid added: “The common goal is to prevent an Iranian nucleus by all means, President Biden said this in a meeting with Bennett. If diplomacy fails then other options will be considered. My center of visit here is the other options.”
Earlier today, a senior State Department official told reporters ahead of the meeting that Blinkan would ask Lapid to limit Chinese involvement in the Israeli economy. “As we have raised with all our partners, we will raise the issue of China and be honest about the risks inherent in Chinese investments,” the senior official said. “The US sees China as a competitor challenging the world order.”
Yesterday, Lapid met with U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Lapid told Pelosi during the meeting: “I thank you for this important meeting. You are a great friend of Israel and I know how important the special relations between our two countries are to you. We can and should unite around the desire to expand and deepen the circle of peace.”
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