Minister of defense Moshe (the Gods) ya’alon, speaking at the Saban Forum in Washington, criticized the policy of the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama against the terrorist organization «Islamic state».
Moshe ya’alon said that due to the inaction of the U.S. the vacuum in Syria fills Iran, and Russia is becoming increasingly active and influential power in the middle East.
The defense Minister stressed that the fight against ISIS must be global, and the US must lead this campaign, but so far the leading role in this area passed to Russia. He noted that it is impossible to defeat the terrorists without the use of ground forces, and urged the U.S. to increase support for Syrian moderate opposition and the Kurdish militia.
Ya’alon noted that Israel is concerned about Iran’s participation in the negotiations for a peaceful settlement of the Syrian conflict. According to him, the Islamic Republic in the past two years has considerably strengthened its positions, and several terrorist attacks against Israel in the Golan heights were organized by order of the Islamic revolutionary guard Corps.
Regarding the Palestinian-Israeli conflict ya’alon said that so far no Palestinian leader was not ready to recognize Israel and sign a peace agreement. He noted that Israel is interested in the gradual conclusion of a lasting agreement.