Tzipi Livni .
(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)
Israel needs to accept that the damage of the Iran Deal is done and must learn how to deal with it, MK Tzipi Livni (Zionist Union) said at a cultural event Saturday.
“We have to remember that Iran is our enemy, not the US,” she said. “We missed the chance to deal with the deal’s content; we cannot miss the chance to repair its implications.”
Livni said Israel must express its position against the agreement, while understanding that “the train has already left the station.” The damage is done and must be dealt with, since world powers other than the US are already implementing the deal and sending money and weapons to Tehran.
“Israel needs to prepare properly for the new reality and prepare a policy for any scenario, whether [the US] Congress authorizes the agreement or not. Israel needs to be concerned now for its security and diplomatic interests in facing a nuclear threshold country that deals in terrorism and now has support and legitimacy, and ask the US for assurances and make the alliances necessary in the region,” Livni said.
Meanwhile, Yesh Atid head Yair Lapid went on a foreign media blitz, telling German and Italian papers that Western countries have no business doing business with Iran.
“People are threatening to boycott us, while sanctions on Iran are removed to applause from the international community. Has the world gone crazy?” he asked.
According to Lapid, “under normal circumstances, progressive Western countries like German or Italy would boycott Iran, the No. 1 exporter of terrorism in the world, without hesitation and without any connection to nuclear plans.
For some reason, that isn’t happening.
Lapid lamented that sanctions were “thrown out the window” rather than removed gradually. He accused the P5+1 nations of competing over who would be the first to reach Iranian markets.
“For most countries, if the agreement is okay, Iran is okay. The fact is, it got a certificate of good behavior from the six major powers – but nothing can be further from the truth,” he wrote.