Lapid : L’Europe et les USA estiment qu’il n’y aura pas de nouvel accord avec l’Iran

Lapid : L’Europe et les USA estiment qu’il n’y aura pas de nouvel accord avec l’Iran

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During his meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday, Prime Minister Yair Lapid stressed the importance of a credible military threat in order to convince Iran to accept the terms of a nuclear deal acceptable to Israel.

“We believe that if Iran does not accept this agreement, it will not accept anything without a credible military threat,” Lapid told Israeli reporters in Paris after his meeting.

In addition, the Prime Minister assured, more and more experts believe that there will be no return to the JCPOA agreement of 2015.

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“We think there will be no deal, and if there is no deal then there has to be something else,” Lapid said.

Getting the Iranians to think that there might be military strikes on their nuclear facilities and military assets is key, in Israel’s eyes.

Prime Minister Yair Lapid (R) hugs French President Emmanuel Macron during a press conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, July 5, 2022. (Amos Ben Gershom/GPO)

“It’s part of the conversation, both with the E3 countries and with the Americans,” Lapid said.

Iran signed the JCPOA nuclear deal with the United States, Russia, China and the three biggest European powers – the United Kingdom, Germany and France.

Donald Trump’s administration pulled out of the deal in 2018 and talks have since taken place, mostly in Vienna, to find a way back to a revived deal in Qatar.

Lapid and Macron also spoke at length about Lebanon and the recent drone incursion from Lebanese territory into Israeli gas platforms. The Israeli delegation presented information to its French counterparts on the activities of Hezbollah in Lebanon.

“We will cooperate with them to make sure this stops and we don’t have to use military force,” Lapid said. “Israel will not hesitate to act to prevent attacks on its gas platforms. »

An Israeli Saar 4.5-class missile vessel protects the Energean production, storage and offloading vessel at the Karish gas field, according to footage released by the military on July 2, 2022. (Israel Defense Forces)

Jerusalem views the strikes on its gas platforms in the Mediterranean as “attacks on Israel’s sovereign territory”, Lapid said.

“The French are extremely unhappy” with this drone story, he added.

According to Lapid, he and Macron would have agreed that the two countries would start a strategic dialogue.

Israel will play an important role in the military reinforcement of France, in the wake of the Russian-Ukrainian war, and particularly in the cybernetic field.

“The French are going to reinforce their army. We have a lot to contribute in this regard. »

The two leaders spoke about the effects of the war, in particular on energy and food security.

A senior Israeli official acknowledged on Tuesday that Russian-Israeli relations were deteriorating, but insisted that was not specific to Israel.

“Relations between Russia and the West are deteriorating and we are part of the West,” the official explained.

French President Emmanuel Macron, left, and Prime Minister Yair Lapid at the Elysee Palace in Paris on July 5, 2022. (Amos Ben Gershom/GPO)

This visit, and in particular the public events, gave off a scent of friendship, both between the two leaders – who communicate regularly by SMS – and between the two nations.

However, significant differences on key issues have not been concealed. While Macron’s announcement of the visit and public statement after it focused on the war in Ukraine, Lapid focused on Iran’s nuclear program and armed groups allied with Tehran.

Macron addressed the Iranian nuclear talks, stressing the importance of “defending this deal”. Israel, for its part, would like to see the JCPOA scrapped in favor of a new deal.

The French leader agreed that the JCPOA was insufficient on its own to “contain Iran’s destabilizing activities”, while declaring himself “more convinced than ever that an Iran on the nuclear threshold could carry out these activities in a more dangerous way. “.

Macron called for continued negotiations on Iran’s ballistic missile program and support for regional terrorist groups.

Lapid was careful not to bring up the question of the Palestinians in his public statements, but Macron reiterated that there was “no alternative to a resumption of political dialogue”.

He offered to support Lapid in the process, which the Israeli leader said he could not advance in any way before the November elections.

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