• Defense Minister: Better ISIS Than Iran

    From Yisroel Markov@21:1/5 to All on Tue Mar 8 17:11:54 2016
    As a reminder that there may not be any good solutions (only least bad
    ones) in the Middle East, comes a speech by Moshe Yaalon: ----------------------------------

    Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said Tuesday that Iran poses a greater
    threat than the Islamic State, and that if the Syrian regime were to
    fall, Israel would prefer that IS was in control of the territory than
    an Iranian proxy.

    “In Syria, if the choice is between Iran and the Islamic State, I
    choose the Islamic State. They don’t have the capabilities that Iran
    has,” Ya’alon told a conference held by the Institute of National
    Security Studies in Tel Aviv.

    “Our greatest enemy is the Iranian regime that has declared war on
    us,” the defense minister said of the threats facing Israel. “Iran
    tried to open a terror front against us on the Golan Heights,” he said
    in reference to efforts by Iranian proxy Hezbollah to plan attacks on

    With its nuclear deal and recent lifting of sanctions, Tehran “has
    escaped international isolation” and become a “central player” in
    Syria, he continued. Both the US and Russia are treating Iran as “part
    of the solution” to the Syrian civil war, Ya’alon said. “Iran
    determines future of Syria and if it leads to perpetuation, Iranian
    hegemony in Syria will be huge challenge for Israel,” he said. [...]

    Turning to the situation in Israel, Ya’alon maintained that Gaza’s
    ruler Hamas, which has fought Israel on three occasions in recent
    years, was deterred and was not seeking an escalation. “Our presence
    prevents Hamas or IS takeover of Palestinian areas,” he said. The
    defense minister dismissed international efforts to push a peace

    Full article at http://www.timesofisrael.com/yaalon-i-would-prefer-islamic-state-to-iran-in-syria/
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