Yair Lapid in Moscow: Israel will defend itself against Iran in Syria

Israel will continue to defend itself against Iranian actions in Syria, minister State Department Yair Lapid said: in Moscow, after a meeting with Russian minister Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov, amid concerns over Russian moves curb Israeli attacks.

“Israel will not sit still while Iran builds” terror bases on our northern border [with Syria] of while Iran supplies advanced weapons to: terror organizations, weapons die are intended to be used against us’ said Lapid.

There can be no regional stability as long as Iran remains present and continues to export terror, he warned.

“We will do our ability to defend ourselves in the face of threats from Syria and elsewhere,” Lapid added.

The foreign minister recognized Russia’key interests in the region”, and said that therefore the “necessary and effective” military the conflict mechanism between Moscow and Jerusalem exists.

On Sunday, a Russianmade missile launched from Syria landed in the Gush Dan region. Two weeks earlier, the Russian military in Syria said the air defense system it delivered shot to Syria down 22 of 24 rockets launched by Israel.

Yair Lapid in Moscow: Israel will defend itself against Iran in SyriaForeign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi with The Russian minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov on March 17, 2021 (credit: HAPPY RUSSIAN EMBASSY IN ISRAELL)

Israel and Russia, that has soldiers in Syria, have a de-conflict mechanism with greetings to the antenna of Israel campaign to stop Iran from setting up bases in near Israel’s borders.

That mechanism seems to run less smoothly of late, if the Russian military message on rockets came on the heels of a report in the in London-based Asharq al-Awsat in July that Moscow believes Washington has given the green light thwart Israeli air strikes in Syria.

In response to a question from a Russian journalist, Lapid said that “Israel is not considering and will never consider returning the Golan Heights to Syria.”

lapid also warned that Israel reserves the right to act against Iran’s nuclear program.

“Iran’s March to a Nuclear Weapon Isn’t Just an Israeli” problem,

It is a problem for the entire world’ he said, calling for a “strong and clear message” from the world to Iran.

“A nuclear Iran will lead to a nuclear weapon race in the Middle East,” he warned. “The world must prevent Iran from developing nuclear capabilities, regardless of the price. As the world does not, Israel reserves the right to act…Israel will not allow Iran becomes a nuclear state of even a nuclear one threshold stands.”

lapid cited recent reports from the International Atomic Energy Agency die An “clear and very disturbing image” of Iran’s “rapidly advancing nuclear” program without effective oversight”, and the “fraud, deception and outright lies” of the Islamic Republic to cover it up up.

“The reports demand An [IAEA] Plate of governors decision’ he said ahead of an expected meeting on the matter in Paris on Friday.

However, Russia has opposed such a resolution. His ambassador to international organizations in Vienna Mikhail Ulyanov tweeted during the Lapid-Lavrov meeting that “no action is needed” by the board of directors of governors, die should “preserve traditional business cooperation” with Iran.

Which behavior was “mainly affected by a number of external factors,” Ulyanov said, likely referring to the US’s exit from the 2015 Iran deal and subsequent sanctions.

“In no way the discussion [at the IAEA] should negatively affect the outlook of the conversations in Vienna on JCPOA,” Ulyanov tweeted on Wednesday, referring to the nuclear deal 2015.

US Special Representative for Iran Rob Malley, the chief US negotiator in the indirect conversations with Iran to return to 2015 deal, was also in Moscow on Thursday. In a statement from the Russian Foreign Ministry, Malley and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister SA Ryabkov will continue negotiations, which Iran has refused to back down since June. She also emphasized “the important contribution” of the IAEA to the process of stabilization and ‘restart’ of the JCPOA.”

In Moscow, Lapid and Lavrov celebrated their 30th anniversary of Israel-Russia relations, agreeing that Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Russian President Vladimir Putin should meet soon. The details of the meeting will be decided by the Prime Minister’s Office and the Kremlin.

Lavrov called the date “very important” and said ahead of the meeting with Lapid that he is “looking” forward take another step in developing the relationships.”

Lapid emphasized “the great relationships die we have between our two countries…[which are] useful and fruitful for our people in terms of economy and culture.”

Minister of Tourism Yoel Razbozov, who was born in Birobidzan, joined lapid on the trip to Moscow.

Earlier, Lapid laid a wreath at the Tomb of the unknown soldier, in honour of soldiers that fell in WWII, in Moscow, in the name of the burgers of Israel.

“Israel values ​​the role of the Soviet Union in defeating Nazi Germany and the Red Army role in liberating the death camps,” said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Lapid referred to Russia role in World War II and its own father’s story in his comments to Lavrov.

“Mine father was a child in the Budapest ghetto. He was destined to die. Thereafter, one day, he heard people speak a word language he didn’t understand. My grandmother… said, “It’s Russian… We’re saved.” The Red Army saved the world of tyranny and racism. She also saved a 13-year-old boy in the ghetto,” he said.

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