Israel PM urged to quit as Iran nuclear talks end

A former Israeli finance minister has called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to step down due to the failure of his policies on Iran.

Yair Lapid, currently serving as the head of the Yesh Atid party, made the remarks on Tuesday after talks between Iran and the P5+1 group of world powers on Iran’s nuclear energy program finally reached a conclusion.

He denounced Netanyahu’s diplomatic campaign against Iran as a “colossal failure”, saying, “He should resign because if you promise for years that only you can prevent this deal and then it’s signed – you’re responsible.”

Former Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid

The Israeli prime minister was also criticized by other Israeli figures and journalists, including the Zionist Union’s Isaac Herzog , Zionist Union MK- member of the Knesset -Shelly Yacimovich, and columnist Ben Caspit.

“No matter how we look at it, this is a personal failure for Netanyahu, who has been promoting himself for two decades now on one central agenda alone: preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear capability. That is the task that he promised he would perform, and he has failed,” Caspit said.

Netanyahu has long been engaged in an aggressive campaign against the diplomatic efforts between Iran and the P5+1 to find a resolution to the Western dispute with Tehran over its nuclear program.

After the negotiations on Iran nuclear talks concluded in Vienna, Netanyahu attacked the conclusion of talks between Tehran and the P5+1 countries which comprises the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China – plus Germany, describing it as “a bad mistake of historic proportions.”

“Far-reaching concessions were made in areas that were supposed to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons,” Netanyahu said, adding, “Iran will receive hundreds of billions of dollars, with which it can fuel its terror machine, and pursue its aggression and terror in the region and the world.”

But in a bid to allay concerns, Natanyahu said, “I say to all the leaders in Israel – now is the time to put aside petty politics and unite for …Israel’s future and security.”

Senior diplomats from Iran, the EU and the P5+1 countries pose for a photo in Vienna, Austria, July 14, 2015. (© AFP)

The nuclear conclusion, dubbed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was finally nailed down on Tuesday in the ritzy Palais Coburg Hotel in the Austrian capital of Vienna, where negotiators from Iran and the six other countries had been spending over two weeks on intensive talks.

According to Iranian officials, the JCPOA will be presented to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), which will adopt a resolution in seven to 10 days making the JCPOA an official document.

By Press TV