A two-state solution is the “correct thing” for Israel’s security, provided that the Palestinians put down their weapons, according to Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid.
The comments were made at a speech delivered in New York prior to the 77th session of the UN General Assembly.
He said that “a deal with the Palestinians based on two states for two peoples” was best for Israel’s security, its economy, and the future of his children. “There is just one requirement: that a future Palestinian state is one of peace.”
Lapid addressed the Palestinians directly and said: “Put down your guns and demonstrate that Islamic Jihad and Hamas will not seize control of the Palestinian state you seek to establish. You can bring about peace by putting down your weapons.
He then denounced Iran and said, “Using a credible military threat is the only way to stop Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.”
“Only one UN member state publicly declares its desire to destroy another member state. Iran has often stated its desire to destroy the State of Israel,” the speaker continued.
Lapid called on other Arab countries to improve ties with Israel and ratify the Abraham Accords, which were mediated by the US and involved Israel, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States.