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20 Apr 2010

An interview with Moshe Ya’alon

The Jerusalem Post has published an extremely interesting interview with Israel's Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe "Bogie" Ya'alon. Ya'alon is the former head of Military Intelligence, Israel Defense Forces OC Central Command, and chief of the IDF General Staff. Jerusalem Post interviewers David Horovitz and Herb Keinon point out that Ya'alon speaks about Israel's current challenges vis-  -vis the Palestinians, Iran and the Obama administration from a position of knowledge and experience. In the question and answer session with which President Obama concluded his closing remarks at the nuclear summit in Washington last week, Obama aimed in part at formulating the national interest of the United States in the resolution of the Israel-Palestinian conflict: "It is a vital national security interest of the United States to reduce these conflicts because whether we like it or not, we remain a dominant military superpower, and when conflicts break out, one way or another we get pulled into them. And that ends up costing us significantly in terms of both blood and treasure." Here is a particularly pointed exchange with Ya'alon that alludes in part to this proposition and others circulated among the left insofar as Israel is concerned: Jerusalem Post: How concerned are you by the argument heard increasingly in the US that we are endangering the lives of US soldiers? Moshe Ya'alon: That is first and foremost a manipulation, and a lie. The truth is the complete opposite. If we are seen as standing firm against the jihadists, against Hamas and Hizbullah, that serves the US interests. And if we are seen as weak, whether in Lebanon, Gaza, or in Judea and Samaria, that harms US interests. It is
The Jerusalem Post has published an extremely interesting interview with Israel's Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe...

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