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Lapid says US withdrawal of Afghanistan 'wasn't performed in right manner'

Israeli officials had been quiet until now about the swift Taliban takeover of Afghanistan

Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid (Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

In a first comment by an Israeli official on the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said it was the right decision, but “wasn’t performed in the right manner.”

Israeli officials had been quiet until now about the swift Taliban takeover of Afghanistan even as the United States was still evacuating citizens and military personnel.

“It was probably the right decision that wasn’t performed in the right manner and yet I suggest everyone listen to President (Joe) Biden’s last speech about the necessity of the move itself,” Lapid told reporters.

“I don’t think we yet understand completely all the consequences of this move, of this retreat… I think we should wait a little before we jump to conclusions.”

The U.S. withdrawal leaves a void in the region and has already given rise to three separate terrorist groups in Afghanistan – Taliban, al Qaeda and ISIS-K – while allowing Russia and China to take a more prominent role.

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