Yair Lapid, Foreign Minister of Israel: “Iran is an exporter of terror from Yemen to Buenos Aires”

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock and Israeli Foreign Minister. Yair Lapid. (AP Photo/Oren Ziv) (Oren Ziv/)

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Germany said Thursday that the nuclear talks with Iran are entering a “final phase” and that, despite Israeli reservations, a return to a nuclear deal would make the region more secure.

annalena baerbock spoke at a joint press conference in Tel Aviv with his Israeli counterpart, Yair Lapidduring an official visit to Israel that began this Thursday.

His comments come when negotiations between Iran and world powers resumed this week in an effort to revive a 2015 nuclear deal that curbed Tehran’s nuclear program. That deal collapsed after the Trump administration withdrew from the deal in 2018.

Israel and Iran are archenemies, and Israel has openly opposed US-led efforts to revive the deal., known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. Its leaders have said it would not be bound by any deals between world powers and Iran, leaving it room to maneuver militarily.

Lapid said he and Baerbock discussed the nuclear talks and presented Israel’s position to him. “that a nuclear Iran endangers not only Israel, but the entire world”.

“Countries cannot ignore the threat that Iran poses beyond its nuclear program: Iran is Hezbollah in the north; Iran is Hamas in the south: Iran is the exporter of terror from Yemen to Buenos Aires”, Lapid said.

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Baerbock and Lapid highlighted the bond of friendship between Germany and Israel (AP /Oren Ziv) (Oren Ziv/)

Baerbock said he was “Convinced that a full restoration of the JCPOA would make the region more secure, including Israel, otherwise we would not be having these conversations.”

He said that the talks with Iran, of which Germany is a party, have reached a “very critical point” and that it was important for Iran to come back to the table”willing to compromise and without maximum demands”.

“We want to do everything possible to ensure that with this agreement, Israel’s security is guaranteed.Baerbock said.

This Thursday, Baerbock also visited the Holocaust memorial yad vashem in Jerusalem and then will meet with the Israeli Prime Minister, Naftali Bennett.

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Baerbock also visited the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem (AP/Tsafrir Abayov) (Tsafrir Abayov/)

Baerbock will also meet with representatives of the Palestinian Authority, President Mahmoud Abbas and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Riyadh al-Malikiin the West Bank city of Ramallahreported the Israeli daily Ha’aretz.

Laying a wreath to commemorate the Jewish victims of the German Nazi party, the German minister said it is “Our duty to keep alive the memory [del Holocausto] and our responsibility to raise our voices against antisemitism.”

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“Our duty to keep alive the memory [del Holocausto] and our responsibility to raise our voices against antisemitism,” the German chancellor said. (AP/Tsafrir Abayov) (Tsafrir Abayov/)

Israel was formed in the wake of the Holocaust in 1948, and the two countries established diplomatic relations only in 1965. Over the decades, those relations have grown stronger and Germany is one of Israel’s closest and most important allies and international trading partners.

“The friendship between Israel and Germany is based on the fact that we do not deny the past and do not pretend that it does not exist, we face it”Lapid said during the joint press conference.

A strong Israel is necessary to prevent a repeat of the Holocaust, Lapid added, arguing that Iran and efforts to delegitimize Israel undermined this.

(With information from AP)

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