Netanyahu: “They do nothing”; Yesh Atid: “continues to sabotage Israel’s security”

Prime Minister Yair Lapid Today (Monday) there is a security update meeting with the head of the opposition Benjamin Netanyahu In the Prime Minister’s office in Jerusalem. Lapid briefed Netanyahu on the nuclear agreement with Iran and the political and security activities that Israel is leading in order to influence the issue, as well as other national security issues.

Prime Minister Lapid said at the beginning of the meeting: “In matters of national security, there is no opposition or coalition in Israel. Israel is strong and will work together to protect its security interests against those who try to harm us.”

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Netanyahu after the meeting with Lapid on the Iran deal (photo: Likud spokesperson)

Netanyahu said after the meeting: “I just finished a security update and unfortunately I left more worried than I went in. I want to make it clear that we will support any strong public position against the dangerous nuclear agreement with Iran.”

“Unfortunately, I don’t see such a public position, on the contrary. I think that Lapid and Gantz have fallen asleep on guard in the last year, this year the Biden administration is racing toward what the head of the Mossad rightly says is a worse agreement than its predecessor, a strategic disaster for the State of Israel. And they are doing nothing. They should have To meet with dozens of senators, hundreds of members of Congress, to appear on dozens of TV shows in the US to create pressure on the Biden administration not to sign this agreement,” he claimed.

Netanyahu continued: “All these things are not done and every hour that passes without doing it is a wasted hour. We acted differently and the pressure we exerted ended up pulling the US out of the agreement. But now there is no such pressure. So I want to send a clear message to the Ayatollahs in Iran: on November 1st we will establish a strong and firm leadership here that will ensure that with or without an agreement they will never have nuclear weapons. This is our commitment.”

Mish Atid was given in response to the following: “In addition to the tremendous damage he caused during his tenure, the opposition leader continues to sabotage and endanger the security of Israeli citizens. While Netanyahu will continue to produce and direct disconnected videos, the Israeli government led by Lapid will do everything in order to preserve the national security interest.”

Netanyahu against Lapid and Gantz: “We fell asleep on guard and allowed Iran to reach an agreement that endangers our future”

The meeting comes after a full day in which the two hurled accusations at each other: as I recall, in the morning Lapid held a media briefing on the nuclear agreement with Iran, in which he blamed Netanyahu and claimed that “we are still paying for the damage caused by Netanyahu’s speech in Congress”, and in response Netanyahu attacked the Prime Minister and his handling of the Iranian issue in a press release and in a video he uploaded to social networks.

“Lapid and Gantz fell asleep on guard and allowed Iran to reach an agreement that endangers our future,” Netanyahu claimed. “In their only year in power, Lapid and Gantz completely abandoned the public struggle against the nuclear agreement with Iran. For 12 years we fought resolutely against this agreement, and even got the US to withdraw from it.”

Netanyahu added and claimed that the Prime Minister and the Minister of Defense “did nothing to pressure the American administration not to sign this agreement. Unlike us – they did not go to Congress, did not go to the United Nations, did not conduct a vigorous information campaign in the world media. After the US had already concluded the main points of the agreement with Iran, only then did Lapid and Gantz remember to wake up. Too late, too little. The incompetence of Lapid and Gantz will be remembered in history as the Iranian nuclear failure.”

Later, Netanyahu mentioned the previous prime minister and mocked him: “There is no better example of this handlessness than the fact that Bennett, the ‘Iranian Affairs Minister’ Shalapid Mina, is currently vacationing in Italy, on the eve of the signing of the agreement, and in an area without reception. That’s not how you fight an existential danger. That’s how We are not protecting Israel,” the head of the opposition stated and pledged: “After we win the elections, we will act in every way against this agreement. I will never let Iran obtain nuclear weapons.”

Yair Lapid (Photo: Kobi Gideon, Chief of Staff)

Lapid responded to Netanyahu’s words and said: “When Netanyahu was prime minister, all he did on the Iranian matter was press conferences and presentations. The damage he caused during his tenure to the two most important strategic issues for Israel – the fight against the Iranian nuclear program and relations with the US – is serious and deep, and we are still Fix it.”

Lapid added: “We work every day to strengthen Israel’s political and security capabilities, which have been neglected for many years. That’s why I summoned the head of the opposition tomorrow for a security briefing to update him on the details, so that at least he will have an idea of ​​what he is talking about in the films he makes.”

But the exchange of blows did not end there, because Netanyahu was quick to respond to the reaction and wrote: “Mr. Lapid, you must have forgotten that at the time you attacked me and supported the previous dangerous nuclear agreement, while we managed to get the US out of this bad agreement. I will explain it to you tomorrow.”


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