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  • Why Iran is more dangerous than Islamic State

    10/02/2016 8:13:25 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 140 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 29, 2016 4:00 AM | Moshe Ya’alon
    U.S. political leaders of both parties argue that destroying Islamic State is America’s top priority in the Middle East. In reality, that’s not nearly as important as confronting the challenge posed by Iran. The nuclear deal that went into effect a year ago may have postponed the danger of an Iranian nuclear bomb, but the multifaceted threat of a militaristic, messianic Iran — 80-million strong — is much more menacing to Western interests than the Sunni thugs and murderers of Raqqah and Mosul. […] From Tehran’s perspective, it gained much more than it gave up. In exchange for postponing its...
  • Minister Ya'alon quits; Yehuda Glick to enter Knesset

    05/20/2016 3:19:41 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/5/16 | Ari Yashar
    Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon (Likud) announced on Friday morning that he is quitting politics, following Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's decision to hand his portfolio over to Yisrael Beytenu head MK Avigdor Liberman so as to bring his party into the coalition. "This morning I let the Prime Minister know that due to his conduct and recent developments, and due to a lack of confidence in him, I am resigning from the government and from the Knesset and taking a timeout from political life," said Ya'alon. Ya'alon's resignation is particularly dramatic as Liberman has not yet formally been given his portfolio...
  • Israel defense minister quits, warns of "extremist" takeover

    05/20/2016 7:59:14 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 20, 2016 9:38 AM EDT | Ian Deitch
    Israel’s defense minister announced his resignation on Friday, saying the governing party had been taken over by “extremist and dangerous elements” and that he no longer trusted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu following reports that he was to be replaced. Moshe Ya’alon’s departure removes a strong voice of moderation in the Cabinet and deepens the rift between the security establishment and the hardline politicians. Ya’alon told reporters that “Israel is a healthy society” with a “sane majority” that is tolerant of minorities and strives for a liberal and democratic society. “But to my great dismay extremist and dangerous elements have taken...
  • Liberman may join coalition as soon as Thursday, officials say

    05/18/2016 1:49:10 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/5/16 | David Rosenberg
    Former Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman has accepted Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s offer to join the coalition in return for the Defense and Immigration ministries, senior Yisrael Beytenu officials said on Wendesday. According to senior officials, the Prime Minister’s meeting Wednesday afternoon with Liberman has already laid the groundwork for Yisrael Beytenu’s entry into the government. Shortly after the meeting, Netanyahu reportedly called Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, informing him that Liberman had requested the Defense Ministry in exchange for his support of the Likud government. Senior officials have leaked details of the meeting, including Netanyahu’s offer to Liberman, which includes two...
  • Benjamin Netanyahu: Spanish Court Issues Arrest Warrant for Israeli Prime Minister, Reports Say

    11/17/2015 4:23:34 PM PST · by markomalley · 44 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/17/15
    An arrest warrant concerning the 2010 attack on the Gaza-bound aid ship Mavi Marmara was issued last week against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and seven current and former government officials, news outlets reported Monday.Netanyahu could be arrested if he sets foot on Spanish soil.Former foreign minister Avigdor Liberman, former defense minister Ehud Barak, former interior minister Eli Yishai, former intelligence minister Dan Meridor, current defense minister Moshe Ya’alon, minister Bennie Begin and former head of the Navy Eliezer Marom were also named in the warrants filed by Judge Jose de la Mata of Spain’s National Court, according to the...
  • Hamas provided ISIS with weapons to carry out Sinai attacks, Israeli general says

    07/03/2015 12:02:14 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 3 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 02 July 2015 | Gili Cohen
    Hamas helped the ISIS-affiliated group in Sinai to carry out the latest attacks against Egyptian troops and supplied them with weapons and other support, an Israeli general told Al-Jazeera on Thursday. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered condolences over the attacks that claimed the lives of dozens of people. Israel has "clear information that Hamas is supporting the Wilayat Sinai, which belongs to Daesh," Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, the coordinator of government activities in the territories, claimed, referring to the Islamic State group in one of its acronyms. He added that Hamas provided the Islamist group weapons and logistical support,...
  • Netanyahu foes lose bid to postpone Likud primaries (scheduled for 12/31)

    12/28/2014 11:51:40 AM PST · by Dave346 · 9 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/28/2014 19:13 | GIL HOFFMAN
    The Tel Aviv District Court on Sunday rejected an appeal by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's opponents in Likud who asked to postpone the Likud leadership and Knesset primary that is set for Wednesday. The decision by Judge Michal Agmon-Gonen means that the race for both the Knesset and Likud leader will be that day, pending an appeal to the Supreme Court. Agmon-Gonen wrote in her ruling that the decision to hold both races the same day was "reasonable" and would not cause significant harm to the democratic process inside the party. A source close to Likud central committee members who...
  • Israel Defense Minister Yaalon: Obama Mid-East Policies Dangerous To US

    10/26/2014 1:00:01 PM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 9 replies
    Israel News Agency ^ | October 26, 2014 | Joel Leyden
    By Joel Leyden Israel News Agency(photo) The Pentagon wants to defend the US but has hands tied by the Obama White House. Jerusalem — October 26, 2014 … From Ebola to ISIS, it appears that almost every issue which is handled by President Barack Obama turns into total disaster. Obama’s policies with regard to the Middle East are either coming from a place of ignorance, negligence or just plain bias to the global Islamic agenda. For US Secretary of State John Kerry to draw a direct relationship between stability in the Middle East and the Israel Palestine peace process illustrates...
  • IDF facing budget disaster; Ya’alon: ‘The money is gone’

    05/08/2014 3:43:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Yedioth Ahronoth ^ | 05.09.14, 01:13 | Alex Fishman
    Chief of Staff Benny Gantz is being careful of voicing the facts publicly, but Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon has stepped up to the plate and told the truth of reality for him. “The money is gone. The defense apparatus is in crisis, and we need to loosen up the defense budget now,” Ya’alon said. Military officials have been debating whether or not to go to the media to address the problem. Their fear was not only public confrontation in front of the political leadership, but primarily the possible harm to the IDF’s deterrence capability. …
  • US irate with Israeli defense minister comments

    03/19/2014 12:46:30 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 19, 2014 3:26 PM EDT | Matthew Lee
    The Obama administration on Wednesday vented its anger at the Israeli defense minister’s public criticism of the U.S. and his personal insults of Secretary of State John Kerry. In a new sign of tension between top officials of the two allies as Washington tries to forge an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal and negotiate with Iran over its nuclear program, Kerry called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to protest recent remarks by Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon. Yaalon this week accused the Obama administration of being weak on Iran and questioned its commitment to Israel’s security. Previously, Yaalon has criticized Kerry personally for...
  • MK Hotovely: Ya'alon Shouldn't Have Apologized to Kerry

    01/15/2014 10:53:00 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 15/1/14 | Tova Dvorin
    Deputy Transportation Minister Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) fired back at US pressure Wednesday, maintaining that there should have been no need for Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon to apologize for his harsh criticism of US Secretary of State John Kerry, in which Ya'alon referred to Kerry as "obsessive and messianic"... "I congratulate the Defense Minister on his courage; what he said was right." Hotovely stated, in an interview with Arutz Sheva. "The American stance is disconnected from the reality of the situation in the Middle East. They are trying to force a solution on us which is unacceptable to most members of...
  • ‘Messianic’ Kerry Calls for ‘Reconciliation Among Peoples’ at the Vatican

    01/14/2014 11:52:48 AM PST · by AU72 · 23 replies
    The PJ Tatler ^ | January 14, 2014 | Bridget Johnson
    As the State Department was lashing out at Israel’s defense minister for saying the secretary of State has a “messianic” complex, John Kerry was at the Vatican calling for the need to forge “reconciliation among peoples, to bring religions together, to bring people together, and to make peace.” “Secretary of State John Kerry – who has come to us determined and is acting out of an incomprehensible obsession and a messianic feeling – cannot teach me a single thing about the conflict with the Palestinians,” newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth quoted Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon as saying behind closed doors. “The only...
  • Yaalon: Lebanese Army Will Place Shooter on Trial

    12/17/2013 9:14:34 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/12/13 | Elad Benari
    The Lebanese army has arrested the soldier who shot and killed IDF soldier Shlomi Cohen near the border on Sunday night, Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said on Tuesday evening. Yaalon’s comments were made during a tour of the Jordan Valley. "This is a serious incident and the Lebanese government and the Lebanese army are responsible for this," he declared, adding that there had been a meeting on Monday between the liaison officers of the Lebanese army and the IDF, attended by members of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), during which the Lebanese army reported the findings of its...
  • Israel Strongly Warns Russia Against Giving Syria Missiles

    05/29/2013 1:17:34 PM PDT · by kimtom · 32 replies
    www.newsmaxworld.com ^ | Wednesday, 29 May 2013 | Staff Writer
    <p>JERUSALEM — Israel's Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon Tuesday signaled that his military is prepared to strike shipments of advanced Russian weapons to Syria, in a rare implied threat to Moscow.</p> <p>Yaalon issued his warning shortly after a top Russian official said his government reserves the right to provide Syria with state-of-the-art S-300 air defense missiles.</p>
  • Gilad Altman Appointed DM's Yesha Deputy

    04/22/2013 3:29:04 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/4/13
    DM Moshe Ya'alon chose Gilad Altman, of Kibbutz Maale HaHamisha as his advisor on Yesha towns. Altman served as an IDF commando, and later as Chief of the 'Green Commandos', responsible for preservation of national real estate against Arab land theft. Altman, of strong right wing affiliation, was preferred over Mt Hebron Council Chairman Tzviki bar-Hai...
  • Minister: We'll Hit Them Till They Say 'Enough'

    11/11/2012 2:56:58 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/11/11 | Gil Ronen
    Minister Moshe Yaalon (Likud) said Sunday that Israel does not intend to maintain restraint in the face of the intense rocket attacks from Gaza. "If the terror organizations do not cease their fire we will be prepared to toughen our response as much as necessary, until they say 'enough!'," he said. "There is a complicated war here, and in the end we will finish it," he said. "This is not a one-off move. But we will put an end to it. We do not intend to maintain restraint because the situation is unbearable for us." "We will bring quiet to...
  • US, Israel in open rift over Iran: Big joint military drill cancelled

    01/15/2012 7:44:07 AM PST · by tired&retired · 23 replies · 1+ views
    Debka ^ | January 15, 2012, | Debka
    US-Israeli discord over action against Iran went into overdrive Sunday, Jan. 15 when the White House called off Austere Challenge 12, the biggest joint war game the US and Israel have every staged, ready to go in spring, in reprisal for a comment by Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Moshe Yaalon in an early morning radio interview. He said the United States was hesitant over sanctions against Iran's central bank and oil for fear of a spike in oil prices..... DEBKAfile's military sources report that a third aircraft carrier and strike group, the USS Abraham Lincoln, is also on its way...
  • I have a word of warning that I must share with you today: War is coming

    10/19/2011 2:53:44 PM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 30 replies
    The Jerusalem Prayer Team ^ | 10/19/11 | Mike Evans
    I have a word a warning that I must share with you today: War is coming to Israel. Over the years, I have written and spoken many things about the future—things which have come to pass. I told Benjamin Netanyahu nearly thirty years ago that he would be prime minister of Israel twice…He is now in his second term. I wrote that Osama bin Laden would attack the United States; he did. I wrote that there would be an Islamic revolution which would spread through Egypt, Libya, Syria, and other Middle Eastern countries; it happened. I told you that I...
  • Ya’alon: No Negotiations with this PA Leadership

    10/01/2011 5:46:25 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/9/11 | Elad Benari
    Israel’s Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Strategic Affairs, Moshe Ya’alon, gave a special interview to Arutz Sheva on Wednesday for Rosh Hashanah. During the interview Ya’alon summed up last week’s events in the United Nations and said that Israel should not conduct negotiations with the Palestinian Authority as long as its current leadership remains the same. Arutz Sheva: One can summarize the events at the UN and say that you are quite satisfied with Netanyahu’s speech. Ya’alon: We’re satisfied not just with Netanyahu’s speech but also by the Palestinians’ failure to make their unilateral move. The Palestinians have been...
  • US presidential candidate: Israel has given up enough

    08/28/2011 8:16:53 AM PDT · by justsaynomore · 20 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 8/28/11 | Gil Hoffman
    Republican US presidential candidate Herman Cain advised Israel's leadership on Sunday to not make any concessions at all to the Palestinian Authority. Speaking at a press conference at Jerusalem's King David Hotel on a visit to the holy land, Cain criticized the policies of US President Barack Obama and said that if elected president in 2012, he would do everything possible to repair the damage he said Obama had done to the US-Israel relationship. "This may get me in trouble but I do not care," Cain said. "I think the Israeli people is more interested in peace than the Palestinians....