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According to US Ambassador to Israel Thomas Neyds , Israel can decide which rules to use.
Israel is a sovereign country and can decide its own rules of engagement, explained US Ambassador to Israel Tom Neides, speaking Monday at The Jerusalem Post's annual conference in New York.
“We are constantly reviewing our rules of warfare. I have participated in hundreds of activities with the IDF and it is a phenomenal military so I always hope to keep improving. Israel is a sovereign country and will make its own decisions,” he said.
Regarding recent concerns about Iran, Neides said: “U.S. President Joe Biden has made it clear that he will not allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon.” This comes in light of recent negotiations to develop a new Iranian nuclear deal, which has been a constant source of tension for Israel. he said, adding that Biden was very clear on the matter.
“Ultimately, we think it's right to find a diplomatic solution to this issue,” the diplomat added.
However, whether Israel likes the deal or not, it will always be involved in such things, or, as Neides called it, “totally transparent.”
Nides said that the two-state solution is one of essential components of maintaining Israel as a Jewish and democratic state.
“We need to send a message of an unbreakable security alliance between the US and Israel, the IDF and the Department of Defense. Part of this is to keep the vision of a two-state solution. And we've spent a lot of time trying to keep that vision alive. We press all the time. We press the Palestinians – we support and enforce the Taylor Force Act – and we press the Israelis. There are agreements and differences,” he said.
Finally, discussing the recent Israeli-Lebanese maritime conflict, Neyds said that the United States will do everything in its power to ensure that the quarrel does not become military.
“I don't believe Israel wants a military conflict with Lebanon, and I don't think Lebanon or Hezbollah want a conflict with Israel. We are going to do everything possible to prevent this from happening,” he concluded.