Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Strategic Affairs, Moshe Ya’alon, spoke on Sunday at a Likud Anglo event in Jerusalem. In his talk, Ya’alon spoke about the security issues Israel currently deals with.
Addressing the relatively calm security situation right now, despite the rocket barrages coming from Gaza once in a while, Ya’alon said that on the whole, terror groups such as Hizbullah, Hamas and groups based in Egypt cannot afford to attack Israel at the moment and are thus remaining relatively quiet.
Ya’alon also spoke about the peace process in the Middle East, emphasizing that Israel is not interested in signed pieces of paper and agreements which might be broken later. He added that instead, Israel is focusing on shared interests to forge alliances, noting that Israel has already developed such relationships.
He said that he believes that in time the West will lose confidence in the two-state solution, adding that the Israeli people are also being weaned off said solution.
According to Ya’alon, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is being smart about the peace process. So far, he said, the Prime Minister has not given an inch of land to the Arabs and at the same time he keeps building in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem, albeit at a slow pace. The Arabs, meanwhile, have continuously refused to concede anything and are thus laid bare, Ya’alon noted.
Ya’alon also addressed the Iranian nuclear threat, saying that if the West does not move soon enough to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear bomb, Israel will do it alone. He emphasized that Israel has the capabilities to do so.
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