UK, Israel join forces to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons

UK and Israel foreign ministers say they will work ‘day and night’ to prevent Iran from nuclear weapons as they sign ‘historic’ 10-year plan to deepen their relationships.

In a joint article for the Daily Telegraph (see below), Liz Truss, Foreign Minister, and Yair Lapid, Israel’s Foreign Minister, preview their new “Memorandum of Understanding”.

The deal, to be signed on Monday, will allow the UK and Israel to work more closely on issues such as cybersecurity, technological development, defense, trade and science.

This will see Israel become one of the UK’s most reliable allies in thwarting cyber attacks, according to a Foreign Office insider. Talks on a trade deal are also expected to start early next year.

A renewed commitment to prevent Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons

“We believe that a democracy rooted in freedom – which gives citizens the opportunity to innovate, create and realize their dreams – is the best form of government,” the two ministers wrote.

One of the most eye-catching aspects of their collaboration is a renewed commitment to prevent Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons – a topic of talks resuming this week.

UK negotiators will join those of other signatories to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal as talks resume in Vienna today.

The initial deal was reached in 2015 and saw Iran agree to stop pursuing its nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions by other countries.

There have been hopes of a renewed deal with President Joe Biden

However, Donald Trump withdrew America from the deal during his presidency and reimposed the sanctions, prompting Iran to continue its nuclear advance.

Since Joe Biden took control of the White House, there is hope for a renewal of the agreement with Tehran, but the talks remain at an impasse.

The original signatories of the JCPOA were China, France, Germany, Iran, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union.
Barack Obama hailed the initial deal as one of his most significant foreign policy achievements, but Mr. Trump called it “the worst deal ever” and made it a campaign issue. in the 2016 election, which he won.

Israel and the UK have a trade relationship worth £ 5 billion. Rolls-Royce supplies jet engines to the Israeli national airline and Israeli pharmaceutical giant Teva supplies one in six prescription drugs to the NHS.

Ms Truss has been closely involved in preparations for trade agreement negotiations as secretary for international trade, a post she held until Boris Johnson’s cabinet reshuffle in September.

After just two months in her post as Foreign Secretary, Ms Truss said she wanted to place economic diplomacy at the heart of her approach to reshaping Britain’s foreign policy.


Together we can propel our two nations towards security and prosperity

By Liz Truss and Yair Lapid, Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs

Many fear the skies will darken around the world due to the pandemic, the threat of terrorism and hostile actors seeking the upper hand. But we believe that with the right approach, freedom and democracy will prevail over evil forces.

This is why Israel and the United Kingdom are meeting today in London to take a big step forward: transforming our close friendship into an even closer partnership by formally agreeing on a new strategic plan for the next decade covering the cyber, technology, commerce and defense.

This pact will stimulate technological advances that can change the world, create quality jobs in our two countries and provide tools for our security forces. But more than that, it’s a victory for optimism.

We believe that a democracy rooted in freedom – which gives citizens the opportunity to innovate, create and realize their dreams – is the best form of government. As outward-looking patriotic nations, we know that the best way forward is to forge stronger economic, technological and security ties with like-minded partners.

Our great nations can do so much more to create jobs and boost economic growth

Our recovery from the pandemic will be fueled by free enterprise, free trade and investment. We have established a £ 5 billion business relationship led by companies like Rolls-Royce which supplies jet engines to Israel’s national airline and Israeli pharmaceutical giant Teva now supplies one in six drugs issued. on prescription from the NHS.

But our great nations can do so much more to create jobs and stimulate economic growth. That is why we will pave the way for the negotiation of a tailor-made free trade agreement between the UK and Israel, which would help us seize new opportunities in industries of the future such as services, science and technology. technology.

We know that the opportunities of the future will come from technology, which is why Israel and the UK are going further and faster to push new frontiers of innovation. Our partnership will keep us at the forefront of the technological revolution and maximize our competitive advantage. The UK will also open its doors to high-growth Israeli tech companies, providing a gateway for them to realize their ambitions in areas such as AI and quantum computing.

With the world under increasing threat in cyberspace, we will work more closely to defend ourselves. Israel will officially become a Tier 1 cyber partner for the UK, recognizing all that we can accomplish together as technology leaders with world-class cybersecurity expertise.

This is a testament to the forward-looking philosophy at the heart of Israel and the UK partnership. Chaim Weizmann, Israel’s first president, was also a renowned scientist who once taught at the University of Manchester. He said: “Science will bring to this land both peace and the renewal of its youth. “

As science and technology superpowers, Israel and the UK are putting our prowess into action, leading the world in our vaccine deployments and the development of billion dollar tech unicorns. It’s no surprise that the UK was the first country to establish a special mission in Israel to strengthen technology cooperation, helping us to set the standard for modern business.

We are united in condemning the appalling attacks on Israel and its representatives

Of course, we know the world must be safe for freedom-loving democracies. That is why we are resolutely working as security partners. Our air force now conducts regular exercises and HMS Richmond has shown the strength of our bond by docking in the crystal-clear waters of the Port of Haifa, as part of the Carrier Strike Group’s worldwide deployment.

We are united in condemning the appalling attacks on Israel and its representatives, from the shooting in Jerusalem last week by a Hamas activist to the unacceptable stalking of Israeli Ambassador Tzipi Hotovely outside the London School of Economics.

There is no place for anti-Semitism in the world. That is why the UK has decided to support Israel in this fight by banning Hamas in its entirety. The planned Holocaust Memorial and Learning Center near Parliament will serve as a constant reminder and answer to the question of why we need to eradicate anti-Semitism and hate where and when they are found.

We will also work day and night to prevent the Iranian regime from ever becoming a nuclear power. Time is running out, which reinforces the need for close cooperation with our partners and friends to thwart Tehran’s ambitions.

There is no better sign of what can be achieved through open dialogue than the Abrahamic Accords. The United Kingdom was one of the first countries to publicly celebrate this historic step towards normalization in the Middle East led by Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Morocco and publicized by the United States. A year later, the UK continues to play its role in supporting Israel by working more closely with its partners in the region.

Closest friends are Israel and the UK, and today we are deepening this partnership to become even closer. Together, we will move forward and ensure that the future is defined by liberal democracies that believe in freedom and fairness.

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