Moshe Yaalon Weighs in on Iran, U.S.-Israel Relations, and the Gaza War

October 28, 2014 | Moshe Yaalon
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In an interview with the Washington Post, Israel’s defense minister defends the Gaza war against its critics, argues that recent differences between Israel and the U.S. are minor hiccups in an otherwise healthy relationship, speaks of the dangers of a flawed treaty with Iran, and comments on the possibility of future territorial concessions. (Interview with Lally Weymouth.)

[Territorial concessions would bring about] another stage of the Palestinian conflict, as we experienced in the Gaza Strip. We disengaged from the Gaza Strip to address their territorial grievances. They went on attacking us. The conflict is about the existence of the Jewish state and not about the creation of the Palestinian one. Any territory that was delivered to them after Oslo became a safe haven for terrorists.

Bearing that in mind, to conclude that after the [recent] military operation in Gaza this is a time for another withdrawal from Judea and Samaria [the West Bank] is irrational. If we withdraw now from Judea and Samaria, we might face another Hamastan.

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