One of the many questions about the new government in Israel was answered this week. Yair Lapid, the new foreign minister for the nation of Israel reaffirmed the previous opposition to the Iran deal. The new regime also declared support for a series of Middle East peace agreements that were orchestrated by President Trump and his administration.
Lapid renewed commitment to these stances in Israel and therefore continued the platform of Israel’s previous Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. Israel’s new leader took over the government from Netanyahu after losing his position as prime minister. He held that role for 12 consecutive years.
Now a left-right coalition of smaller parties, united because of their opposition to Netanyahu himself, are calling the shots at least for the next two years.
While making some of his first remarks to international allies, Lapid restated the state’s opposition to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). This is known as the Iran Deal and it was negotiated between the U.S., Iran, and a number of others nations under former President Barack Obama. Lapid noted that the Iran Deal was weak and did not stop Iran from becoming a nuclear power.
Speaking to Secretary of State Antony Blinken as well as French President Emmanuel Macron, Lapid said, “We have to work together as we face a new Iran deal. This is a bad deal and we are going to work with the prime minister. Israel will use every option at its disposal in order to prevent Iran from having a nuclear weapon,” according to Israel’s Hayom.
This position from Israel comes when President Joe Biden has entered again into talks with Iran and the plan is for the U.S. to rejoin the agreement and lift sanctions.
Lapid also revealed his support for a series of peace treaties with other Middle Eastern countries negotiated by the Trump administration. These treaties are known as the Abraham Accords, they worked toward normalizing Israeli-Arab relations throughout the Middle East. These agreements were initiated because of Iranian aggression in the region. The news agency Hayom reports:
“[Lapid] vowed to continue with the peace process started by Netanyahu and the previous US administration, which led to 4 peace deals with Arab countries, known collectively as the Abraham Accords. We will sign more agreements with additional countries. The Palestinian arena will define to a large extent what the other theaters will look like, and we have a lot to do to improve the living conditions of the Palestinians and to improve the dialogue.”
The new leader of Israel is the centrist head of the Yair Lapid party. He will become the next Prime Minister and joined a power sharing agreement with Prime Minister Naftali Bennet, a right-wing leader. Bennet and Lapid were joined in this last election with other centrists and left-wingers in a coalition the slightly defeated Netanyahu’s dominant Likud Party and its allies.
It will be interesting to watch and see if the present White House administration will work to reset relations with Israel. Most of the country is still largely conservative. Questions still loom large whether the Biden Administration can pivot after Netanyahu’s 12 years.
The Daily Wire Editor Emeritus Ben Shapiro wrote recently: “For those who follow Israeli politics, quick reminder: the right-wing currently holds 72 seats in the Knesset. They were just divided about Bibi personally. The center (Blue and White and Yesh Atid) holds 25 seats. The actual Left (Labor and Meretz) holds 13 total seats.”
If the Iran deal is put back together by Biden and his friends, and the peace agreements made by the Trump administration are dismantled, it will certainly not make a reset with Israel easy.