Lapid: Knesset Must Investigate Netanyahu's Failure to Thwart Iran Deal

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Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid.
Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid.Credit: Ofer Vaknin

Yesh Atid party chairman Yair Lapid announced on Saturday that he would call on the Knesset to form an investigative commission to look into the government's failure to thwart the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.

Lapid, speaking at an event in Rehovot, said "This Sunday, I'm going to submit a written request to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee to convene an investigative commission that will write a public report on Netanyahu's foreign policy failures. It shouldn't just be an internal investigation bythe foreign affairs and defense committee, but a public report on how we reached this situation should be published."

Lapid also said "Netanyahu's actions constitute the greatest foreign policy failure in Israeli history. For years and years, his stated foreign policy goal was to dismantle the Iranian nuclear program. His failure is so large, that not only the U.S., but also Russia, Germany, France, the EU and China – all doors are now closed to him. At the moment of truth, when we needed to thwart this bad deal, no one was ready to listen to Netanyahu, or even talk to him."

In response to Lapid's remarks, MK Tzachi Hanegbi (Likud), who heads the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, said "instead of creating a unified Israeli front against the extensive concessions being made to Iran, whose leaders are calling for our destruction even today, there are those who decide to attack Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, of all people, the leader who more than any other, gathered world support for the heavy sanctions that brought Iran to the negotiating table, set red lines that Iran still has not crossed, and who continues to take additional steps to ensure that Iran does not achieve a nuclear weapon."

Hanegbi continued, "the opposition members, interested in small, petty politics to make names for themselves, should themselves ask what they've done to present Iranian nuclear armament. Those who contributed nothing should refrain from doing damage."

Meanwhile, Meretz chairwoman MK Zehava Galon announced that she would submit a request to launch an investigative committee as well, focusing on Israel's conduct during the Iranian nuclear negotiations, specifically on the deterioration of U.S.-Israel ties.

"I don't buy the prime minister's claims that it allowing for Iran to achieve a nuclear weapon without an agreement instead would have been a better alternative  than this deal. The deal should be given a chance, despite Netanyahu's threats and fearmongering," wrote Galon in the request she will submit on Sunday. 

Earlier on Saturday, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei spoke about the nuclear deal during a speech marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan, and said that Iran's policy toward the "arrogant" U.S. government will not change, and that the Iran still sees the United States as its enemy.

The Iranian leader also said that his nation's Middle East policy is in direct contrast with that of the United States, which according to Khamenei labels Hezbollah as a terrorist group "but supports the child-killing Zionists."

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