Lapid: Iran Deal a Great Failure of Foreign Policy

Lapid slams PM again as he pushes for an inquiry into Iran deal. Likud minister shoots back: Lapid never left the government over it.

Hezki Baruch ,

Yair Lapid
Yair Lapid
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Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid has continued to call for a commission of inquiry in light of the deal between Iran and the West on Sunday, blaming Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for "failing the State of Israel's foreign policy." 

"The bottom line is that we have here the greatest failure of Israeli foreign policy ever," Lapid claimed on Army Radio. ''There has never been such a state of international isolation where we did not have even the United States [behind us]; we should investigate this." 

"If Netanyahu did not want to share the burden with anyone because he wanted to have a credit alone as 'Mr. Iran' - then he should take the trouble to answer to the citizens of Israel over how he may have completely failed."

Minister of Immigration and Absorption Ze'ev Elkin (Likud) criticized Lapid for attacking Netanyahu during a tough time for the Israeli public.

"The person demanding all these investigations and adamantly blaming Netanyahu is the same person who until recently sat in Netanyahu's government precisely in those years when he had a disagreement with the Americans on Iran. I do not remember that he resigned from the government, I do not remember that he left it and angrily slammed the door," Elkin noted. 

''I remember he was dismissed from the government because of another issue, because of a political issue," he added.

Elkin's criticism follows similar words from Chairman of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Security Committee Tzahi Hanegbi (Likud) Saturday night, who also heavily criticized Lapid for the move. 

"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?"