“If I had to choose between Iran and the Islamic State, I’d choose the jihadists,” said the Israeli Defense Minister.
(The Real Agenda) The Israeli position on the fight against jihadist extremism is clear. Moshe Yaalon, Israel’s Defense Minister, insisted that the Islamic Republic of Iran poses a greater threat to its security than the Sunni radicals, and therefore, Israel would prefer to ally with the Islamic State before seeking a solution to what the government of Israel calls an existential threat to their security.
Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon made a controversial statement on Tuesday during his speech at a conference of the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv.
Yaalon said: “If I had to choose between Iran and the Islamic State, I’d choose the jihadists”, reported the Washington Post.
The minister argued that Iran had a greater capacity than the Islamic State and that the Islamic Republic was still the greatest threat to Israel.
He argued that if Syria were to fall into the hands of one or the other, he would prefer it to be the Islamic State.
“We believe ISIS will be territorially defeated after the blows it has been suffering and the attacks on its oil reserves,” he told the conference.
Yaalon said that the current problems in the Middle East show that the region is facing a “clash of civilizations”.
He added that Israel shares common interests with regional Sunni powers, they also feel threatened by the Shiite power.
These comments came just days after the lifting of sanctions over Iran’s nuclear program imposed by US and the EU.
Many political and intelligence analysts have gone so far as to ask why Israel has been the only country in the Middle East that hasn’t been attacked by ISIS since its creation.
Many of these analysts believe that the fact that ISIS was founded and is openly supported by the US, and since Israel is an American ally, the Jewish nation will not suffer any direct attacks.
It makes sense, therefore, that Israel sees ISIS with better eyes than Iran.
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