Israel wants two-state solution to Palestinian conflict, Lapid to tell UN


Lapid will say in his speech that “the nation’s vision must include disconnecting from the Palestinians.”

In his first-ever presentation to the General Assembly on Thursday morning, Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid is anticipated to emphasize that Israel is committed to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

It’s been many years since an Israeli prime minister spoke of two-states when addressing the UN, according to a source close to Lapid.

Lapid will say in his speech that “the nation’s vision must include disconnecting from the Palestinians.”

Why it matters: Lapid will be supporting a two-state solution for the first time in his capacity as prime minister. The Israeli sources emphasized that Lapid would make it clear that Israel must have security procedures in place prior to the creation of a Palestinian state.

Flashback: Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared support for the two-state solution in a speech in May 2009. After former President Trump took office in 2017, he reiterated his support for a Palestinian state multiple times, including at the UN, but later withdrew it and didn’t make it explicit.

In light of this, the source stated that Israel “would not undertake anything that would put Israel’s security or the security of its inhabitants even the slightest bit at risk, but separation from the Palestinians should be part of the political vision, part of the concept of hope out of strength.”

Lapid is a proponent of communication, but he has no intentions to meet with Mahmoud Abbas, the head of the Palestinian Authority, despite the remarks he will make at the UN.

 

 

When Lapid called in August to wish them a happy Eid al-Adha, the two men exchanged a few words. Such discussions are made more challenging by remarks like the one Abbas made in Germany, in which he claimed that Israel had committed “50 Holocausts” against the Palestinians.

His remarks come at a time when Israel’s hostility to a two-state solution is growing. According to Lapid, his father did not escape the Holocaust to immigrate to Israel merely to create a binational state, the person claimed.

Lapid to speak about Iran during his speech

In his speech, Lapid is anticipated to spend some time discussing Iran and stressing how Israel will not permit Tehran to develop nuclear weapons.

We will take independent action “if required” and “this is agreed upon with the Americans,” the insider said. No one needs to be informed, and no one needs to give their consent.

Lapid will also propose a different strategy for renewing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), often known as the Iran agreement, which was first announced in 2015.

Israel had opposed the agreement and cautioned that an Iran that felt more secure would not give up on its nuclear program. It backed former US President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the agreement in 2018 and has resisted US President Joe Biden’s push to revive it.

 


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Indirect negotiations to renew the accord, negotiated between Tehran and the six superpowers, were mediated by the European Union, but they have stalled.

Lapid will inform the assembly that the moment has come to begin talks with Tehran on a new agreement that will be “longer and stronger” and devoid of sunset clauses.

These are provisions in the 2015 agreement that permit Iran to restart its nuclear program after a specified amount of time.

He will emphasize that if a credible military alternative is presented, Iran will discuss such an agreement.

“Every time the world puts a credible military threat on the table, the Iranians wink and back down, and this is the way to reach a better agreement with them,” said the source.

The push to delegitimize Israel at the UN will also be raised in the speech. “Israel is not a guest at the United Nations, but honored members,” and it is intolerable that the forum is consistently used to spread lies about Israel.

Finally, Lapid will urge Arab nations without diplomatic connections to Israel to ratify the Abraham Accords. Israel normalized relations with the United Arab Emirates, Morocco, Bahrain, and Sudan in 2020 as per the US-brokered agreement.

“Our goal is to expand the circles of peace,” Lapid is expected to say.


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