Lapid Demands 'Commission of Inquiry' Over Iran

Yesh Atid chairman blames Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for 'failing Israeli foreign policy' in Iran deal.

Hezki Baruch, | updated: 20:49

Yair Lapid
Yair Lapid
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Yesh Atid chairman MK Yair Lapid has called "to establish a commission of inquiry" over the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, insisting that the deal illustrates a failure of Israeli foreign policy.

"This is a large-scale failure for which there should be a commission of inquiry to investigate how it happened that the foreign policy of the State of Israel failed," Lapid stated Saturday, adding that it happened, in his view, because "nobody was willing to talk to [Prime Minister Binyamin] Netanyahu." 

Chairman of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Security Committee Tzahi Hanegbi (Likud) heavily criticized Lapid for the move, which he stated seeks to divide Israel during a difficult time. 

"Instead of keeping a united Israeli front against concessions sailing in Iran, there are those who choose to attack the Prime Minister of Israel, who more than any other leader brought the world to impose harsh sanctions that brought Iran to the negotiating table," he said. 

"Those who attack him, whose interests are petty politics and cynical self-branding, need to ask themselves: what did they contribute to prevent Iran from arming themselves?"

Lapid announced that he intends to file a written demand for a commission of inquiry to the Committee Sunday.